Brenda R. Palm
Brenda Palm serves as Executive Director 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, is a member of the Leadership Council of the Mentoring Partnership and is the Vice President of the Board of The Goulden Touch, a charity launched by Bear's kicker Robbie Gould.
Brenda and husband Eric live in the Wicker Park neighborhood.