Special Assistant to the Chief of Community Development
Brenda Friend has held the position of Special Assistant to the Chief, Community Development, since June 2018. Prior to coming to the GROWTH team, she served as the Executive Director for The Greater Cumberland Committee (TGCC) for seven years, in which she demonstrated strong advocacy for regional economic development in three states and 15 counties, in and around Western Maryland.
Brenda is a 1997 graduate of Allegany College of Maryland with an A.A. Degree in English and a 2015 graduate of Frostburg State University with a B.S. Degree in Political Science. A graduate of the 2011 Leadership Allegany! and the 2016 Leadership Maryland programs, she has chaired numerous Boards and Committees. In 2017, Brenda was honored for outstanding service in the non-profit sector by the Leadership Maryland Board of Directors at their 25thAnniversary event, and in 2018, she was named TGCC’s Greater Good recipient by her regional peers and colleagues for promoting “more gain, less fame” during her service to the organization.