Brenda Reyes

Director of Training & Curriculum

Brenda Reyes, RN, CLC is a bilingual registered nurse and certified lactation counselor. She has over 20 years of experience working with diverse organizations to create and implement peer support programs for birthing families. Her work centers and engages communities every step of the way. In 2020, her Op-Ed on Why Community-Based Doulas Are A Lifeline for Latinas was featured in Her work was also spotlighted in Prism and article. Recently, she was also featured in Telemundo’s Mujeres Imparables by Telemundo for her work in maternal and child health. In 2011 – 2012, Brenda worked on Communities Putting Prevention to Work and on Chicago’s Healthy Places initiative and co-created Hospital Breastfeeding Toolkit for Illinois’ State Perinatal Breastfeeding Quality Improvement Project. She led HC One’s National Birth Equity Leadership Academy (BELA) Community Projects Initiative.  

Currently, she serves as HC One’s representative to the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She has served as an elected board member of USBC and currently serves as a board member at the NAPPLSC. She participated in the Center for Social Inclusion’s National First Food Racial Equity Cohort; served as workgroup expert panel member of the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) for the United States; and she is an Expert Panel Member for Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), and Bread for the World Institute.

She is currently leading the First Food Equity Project Initiative at HC One and was selected to participate in Sister Song Community Power-Building for Birth Justice Steering Committee. She is the mother of three and is a frequent speaker on breastfeeding/lactation, maternal and child health, racial equity, and supporting Latino birthing families.