Brenna Callahan grew up in Medford, MA, with three sisters — essentially, in a house full of women. Her interest in women's issues was borne of an elective course for her English major at Boston College, Introduction to Feminism, for which she later became a teaching assistant. From there, Brenna pursued several internship and volunteer positions in the City's thriving public sector, including with Planned Parenthood League of Massachusetts and Peer Health Exchange. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from BC with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies in 2013. She accepted a position with Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston where she served jointly as the Executive Assistant to the CEO and on the development team. She later moved on to a role in operations, managing agency-wide events such as a large-scale annual holiday gift program and career forum for teens across the City. As Policy and Communications Manager for MOWA, Brenna oversees all department communications, including the Work Smart in Boston salary negotiation program. She also assists the Boston Women's Workforce Council and Women Entrepreneurs Boston (WE BOS) with a variety of communications, programming, and policy needs.
Brenna believes collaboration, education, and diversity are at the heart of serving the public, and her work in the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement is focused on bringing those principles together to inform policy. She is impassioned by helping nonprofits and government gain exposure to constituents through effective communication and by fostering symbiotic relationships across the public and private sectors. Brenna is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Suffolk University and is a member of the Young Friends of PPLM. She lives in Charlestown and enjoys listening to podcasts, competing in Fitbit competitions, and catching up with her sisters.