Brenda Thomson became Executive Director of Arizona Humanities in March 2010. She was delighted to share her knowledge and experience in development, human resources, public speaking, community relations, and strategic planning. She is committed to promoting diversity, equity, access and inclusion through the humanities. She is inspired by the rich history of the people and places of Arizona.
Prior to joining Arizona Humanities, Brenda served as the Director of The Center for Law Leadership and Management at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and was Executive Director of the Maricopa County Bar Association. Before becoming a nonprofit leader she practiced law for several years with the Urban Indian Law office in Phoenix, and corporate law with Cooley Godward in Palo Alto, CA. She has clerked for a federal judge, worked as a Congressional intern, and volunteered to promote justice and equal rights.
Brenda has served on a number of nonprofit boards. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Hance Park Conservancy, and on the Executive Committee of the Arizona Women’s Hall of Fame.