A nonprofit founded in 1992

Brenda joined BellXcel in 2017 and is responsible for strategy, design, innovation, and organizational impact. For over the past 15 years, she has worked to close the opportunity gap and ensure equitable access to high-quality learning and enrichment for young people. Prior to joining BellXcel, she founded and led The Learning Agenda, a consultancy dedicated to helping nonprofits, philanthropies, and educators expand their knowledge and capacity. Working with programs, schools and funders across the country, she deepened her expertise in youth learning and development, nonprofit leadership, program design, implementation and evaluation, and system-building. Brenda also served as vice president at the National Summer Learning Association. She wrote or co-authored a variety of publications that showcase her thought leadership on summer learning, and spent time as an instructor for Johns Hopkins University’s Out-of- School Time Leadership certificate program. Brenda holds a master’s degree in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh.

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Brenda McLaughlin

Chief Strategy Officer