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Brenda Jimenez


As a professional in the non-profit sector, Brenda’s expertise in executive leadership, fund development, board development, and organizational management has supported non-profit Executives and Board of Directors to transform their organizations by increasing their reach and impact for the past 20 years. Brenda Jiménez is CEO of MENTOR New York, a local affiliate of MENTOR: The National Mentoring Partnership. She was appointed to the position in December 2019 and led the organization through this time of a global pandemic and racial unrest. She has successfully pivoted and expanded services to be responsive to its longtime partners while reaching new partners and expanding its service portfolio by 55% over the first 28 weeks and a 3% revenue growth. Under her leadership, she has increased partner engagement and developed resources, tools, and services that have allowed mentoring programs throughout New York to serve the more than 90,000 young people who have mentors during these challenging and unprecedented times. In 2023, Brenda and the MENTOR New York team have position the organization to become the incubater of innovation and expansion for the New York state mentoring movement and increasing mentoring opportunities for young people through intentional, innovative approaches as we continue to navigate the aftermath of the global pandemic and hybrid ( in-person and virtual) spaces for engagement. Brenda has received numerous recognitions for her leadership as CEO of MENTOR New York, not only for sound business practices but the support and innovations she provides other executives and partners in having impact through mentoring and civic services. In 2022, MENTOR New York received the MENTOR Amplify Award: Fostering Local Field Leadership. In 2020, both Brenda and MENTOR New York were awarded several Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Executive Leadership from the University of Charleston in West Virginia.