Following a very reflective search process, the Brindle Foundation is pleased to announce Mary Nell Wegner as our new Executive Director.
A resident of Santa Fe, Mary Nell has extensive experience as a maternal and reproductive public health advocate and strategist across the globe. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the Maternal Health Task Force at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. She has worked both for funders nationally as well as for community-based and nonprofit organizations (EngenderHealth, White Mountain Apache Tribal Health Authority, The Women’s Dignity Project, Planned Parenthood) and holds degrees in Cultural Anthropology, International Education, and Public Health. Bringing expertise in organizational capacity building, leadership development, systems-level collaboration, programmatic learning, and a natural ability to forge partnerships, Mary Nell has helped to strengthen numerous programs on behalf of mothers, babies and families, including rural and indigenous communities, in the US and internationally.
Brindle remains committed to its work in early childhood, prenatal to three, supporting direct service programs in Santa Fe, San Miguel, Mora, Rio Arriba and Taos counties, as well as statewide efforts around early childhood policy and advocacy, and higher education. The foundation cares deeply about the issues facing New Mexico and in keeping close relationships with grantees and partners. Mary Nell’s commitment to building and tending relationships
and understanding the social determinants that have an impact on maternal, newborn and child wellbeing
promise to carry on the heart and thoughtful engagement so valued by the foundation.
We wish to thank NPAG
, Linh Nguyen, Katherine Jacobs and numerous others who have helped us in conducting the search.
We are excited that someone of Mary Nell’s caliber will lead us, beginning Jan 21st, in “making noise for babies” in this new decade.