Brenda J. Drake
Chair, Board of Directors
Brenda Jackson Drake grew up in Berkeley, California. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Law, Mrs. Drake has worked as a lawyer, foundation executive and community activist. She is currently working as a consultant and court-appointed administrator of litigation settlements in California. Mrs. Drake practiced corporate law in San Francisco and Marin County for 15 years before becoming a foundation executive with the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Fund in San Francisco. In her 10 years at the Goldman Fund, she developed and implemented grant making programs in population, reproductive health and rights, services for the elderly, low-income community organizing activities and social justice for incarcerated men, women, and youth. From 2005 to 2010, she directed the Public Health Trust, a project of the Public Health Law & Policy group at the Public Health Institute in Oakland. Prior to joining the Public Health Trust, she served as interim executive director for the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco. Mrs. Drake has served as a director or trustee of organizations focused on education, international health, finance, civil rights and the arts, including the National Urban League, City Arts & Lectures in San Francisco, San Francisco University High School and Golden Gate Bank. In addition to her role as Board Chair of EngenderHealth, she also serves as Associate of the Chancellor at the University of California, Irvine, a volunteer position that supports activities on the campus and in the Orange County community.