Brenda R. Palm
Chief Executive Officer
Brenda Palm serves as Chief Executive Officer at Working in the Schools (WITS). Brenda joined WITS in January, 2012 after serving as Executive Director of Parkways Foundation for more than seven years and as a consultant to Chicago Allies for Youth Success and the Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. Brenda launched her career as a nonprofit development professional and executive with the Chicago Humanities Festival. She has a BA from Wheaton College (Illinois) and a MA in English specializing in fiction writing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Brenda's life-long love of reading and training in literary criticism drives her passion for furthering the impact of WITS.
Brenda serves on the board of the Chicago Literacy Alliance, and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Illinois Mentoring Partnership.
Brenda and husband Eric live in the Wicker Park neighborhood.