A proud native from the south side of Chicago, Brenda has a passion for building collaborative, strong and nurturing communities both inside and outside prison walls.
Brenda graduated from Spring Arbor University with a BA in family life education. She obtained her Master of Public Administration from Walden University.
In 2001, Brenda was trained to facilitate Nurturing Parenting Programs with the Michigan Department of Child Protective Services. In 2013, she completed requirements to become a National Trainer and Consultant for Nurturing Parenting Programs.
Since 2006 Brenda has worked across systems to build public-private partnerships in over 29 states primarily in the field of criminal justice reform and evidence-based family programs. In 2013 Brenda began to serve with Prison Fellowship as an Area Director serving in 26 states and eventually as National Director of Church and Community Engagement. In that stead, she has piloted Nurturing Parenting Programs in 3 Georgia prisons for residents and staff and youth parents and staff in the Department of Juvenile Justice. She currently serves as the Vice-President of Programming with Crossroads Prison Ministry.
She enjoys her time at home in Georgia nurturing her plants and a 26- year marriage to Robert, 4 adult children and 4 grandchildren.
Brenda McGowan #213