Brenda S. Johnson is Program Manager for Operation HOPE in Oakland. Before moving to California, Brenda was director of the Tacoma, Washington Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) program. Through MESA, students as young as kindergarten learn about science and math and prepare for college. Under her leadership, year after year over 90% of Tacoma MESA high school seniors went on to college. Prior to MESA, Brenda helped develop her family’s successful minority general contractor business. She is passionate about building community and providing young people with opportunities to learn and become the leaders of tomorrow. Brenda is a graduate of Washington State University and holds a Masters in Educational Leadership from Pacific Lutheran University.