About Brenda


Brenda grew up in Nashville and is a graduate of Pearl High School. She received a Bachelor of Science degree and a master’s degree in business administration from Tennessee State University.


When Brenda was elected Davidson County Clerk in 2012, she became the first African-American woman to win election to a constitutional office in the county.

Previously, Brenda served as director of Community Outreach for United States Congressman Jim Cooper. Prior to joining the congressional staff Brenda worked tirelessly to give attention to the neighborhoods of Nashville as the first director of the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhoods under former Mayor Bill Purcell.

Earlier in her career Brenda spent nine years at Meharry Medical College and also served as an adjunct professor in the Health Care Administration and Planning Department at her alma mater, Tennessee State University.



Brenda’s commitment to service and community is evident in her volunteerism. She is past president of the League of Women Voters, the YWCA, and Women in Numbers (WIN). She is also past president of the Leadership Nashville Alumni Association.

Brenda has also served on the boards of You Have the Power, Nashville Women’s Political Collaborative, Nashville’s Agenda Steering Committee, WPLN, The Next Door, the Interdenominational Minister’s Fellowship, Bethlehem Centers of Nashville, the Northwest YMCA, Metropolitan Library Board, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, Conexión Americas, the Dede Wallace Center, and Metro Nashville’s Traffic and Parking Commission.

Brenda is a recipient of the Hall of Fame Distinguished Alumni Award from the Nashville Public Education Foundation, a 2013 Academy for Women of Achievement Honoree, and a 2014 Spring Revue honoree by the Women’s Political Collaborative.

Brenda and her husband, Emmett, are the parents of three grown sons and have five grandchildren. They are members of the Temple Church.