Brenda Gerber Vincent
Chief Impact Officer
Brenda is committed to creating quality and equity of place for all through economic development, programming, and leadership. In her role as chief impact officer, she manages investor services, community and corporate partnerships, signature programs, advocacy, communications, and more.
Brenda served as a Governor-appointed Indiana Bicentennial Commissioner, and serves on numerous committees and boards including the United Front Initiative, the Board of Governors for the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, AVOW (Advancing the Voices of Women), the Vera Bradley Foundation, the Carriage House, Parkview Regional Medical Center, and the “100+ Women Who Care” Steering Committee.
Brenda was the only representative from northeast Indiana appointed by Governor Holcomb to serve on the newly created Opportunity Zones Task Force, a federal initiative to bring private-sector investments to low-income areas in Fort Wayne and northeast Indiana.
A proud fourth-generation Fort Wayne native, she received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University, where she continues to serve on the Indiana University Board of Associates for the Student Foundation. Besides her husband and children, she considers her single greatest achievement co-founding the Carriage House, a rehabilitation facility established to restore seriously mentally ill persons to maximum social and employment functioning.
Brenda is an alumna of the Aspen Institute for Global Leadership, has appeared on CNN, and has been featured in numerous publications. In 2018, she was the first woman in northeast Indiana to be awarded the prestigious “Heart of Indiana – Torchbearer Award,” and in 2016 received the Sagamore of the Wabash, Indiana’s highest civilian honor.