Brenda Bethea

Ever striving towards excellence, Brenda has created a productive and welcoming environment that reflects Third Way’s values and supports its mission.   While she recognizes “excellence” to be a bold goal, it is nevertheless her ambition.  Brenda’s passion is to improve the overall experience for each member of the organization.  She is known for anticipating and creatively providing solutions before a situation can manifest into a problem with the help and support of her team. Together, they are the backbone of the organization.

As a native Washingtonian, Brenda has had the pleasure of working in the federal sector and with for-profit and non-profit organizations throughout the DC area.  Her expertise and experience ranges from human resources to employee development to operations/facilities management to information technology.

Brenda’s knack for organization and structure has enabled her to build and establish systems, policies, procedures, and even departments from her ability to anticipate the needs of the organization.  Her accomplishments include designing a sought-after, robust intern program, implementing cloud-based technological solutions, re-imagining and designing a collaborative and productive office space, and enhancing the work-life balance culture—but for Brenda, her biggest achievement has been the professional development of her staff.  She has created opportunities for her staff to grow, to be empowered, to engage, and to purposefully contribute to the organization’s overall impact.

Her MBA from the University of Maryland University College set the foundation for Brenda to skillfully execute her strategic and tactical leadership. When she is not working, reading, or researching, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends and simply appreciating what life has to offer.


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