Brenda Blasingame brings over 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors at the local, state, and national levels leading organizations and teams towards a common vision and through her work has demonstrated a deep commitment to issues of equity, diversity and inclusion. Most recently, Brenda served as the Senior Director of Programs and Partnerships for Save the Children U.S., overseeing the U.S. portfolio of education and psychosocial programs in approximately 16 states and serving as a member of the organization’s U.S. programs’ senior leadership team. During her tenure at Save the Children, she was responsible for leading the development of a community engagement approach to create a place-based community continuum for children and families pre-natal through 3rd grade focused on literacy, safety and resiliency.
Prior to joining Save the Children in 2012, Brenda was the Director of Programs at Thrive Washington, where she implemented two early learning demonstration communities, in partnership with the Gates Foundation and working with other national partners such as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ounce of Prevention Fund. Brenda also served as the Executive Director of First 5 Contra Costa (California) from 2000-2005, where she founded and led the development of a comprehensive set of early childhood development programs, services and activities for children 5 years of age and younger and their families living in marginalized communities.Healthy births are the cornerstone of a healthy community. Click To Tweet
Brenda sees healthy births as the cornerstone of a healthy community, and believes that our society will do well only when our children are healthy and thriving, starting at birth.
“I have personally witnessed the transformation that takes place when community doulas are incorporated into a community’s early childhood system and are able to provide support from pregnancy through birth and into early parenting. This support is empowering, life affirming and life changing.”