Brenda is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer at Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP and she is based in the firm’s Washington, DC office. Brenda works closely with the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee, Talent Development, Human Resources, other attorney committees and senior administrators to ensure effective implementation of the firm's diversity and inclusion objectives and strategies including talent acquisition, retention, advancement, and engagement within and outside Arnold & Porter.
Prior to joining Arnold & Porter, she was the Diversity & Inclusion Manager at DLA Piper, based in its Chicago office. As manager, she developed, supported, and managed the implementation and execution of various firm programs/initiatives, including the firm’s seven resource groups. She also liaised with practice groups, marketing, recruiting, professional development and human resources to advance the firm's recruitment, retention, advancement and leadership initiatives. In her role as manager, served as a resource for various constituents; advised lawyers and staff on diversity and inclusion best practices; coached attorneys and managers to foster inclusive work environments.
Brenda spent a number of years as an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP. Where her practice focused on complex business litigation and labor & employment. Her experience included federal and state court practice as well as arbitrations and internal investigations for Fortune 500 companies.
Prior to her legal career she worked in higher education administration, recruiting and supporting students, at Tufts University Graduate School of Arts & Sciences and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Studies. Brenda was also a Fulbright Scholar who lived and studied abroad in Madrid, Spain.