Brenna Brelie

Head of Operations

As Head of Operations, Brenna Brelie oversees all aspects of operations and leads a high-performing team of finance, HR, facilities and IT professionals, who provide critical systems support for our programs as they foster thriving and prosperous communities. Brenna has held multiple roles during her tenure at Pillsbury United, including Chief Program Officer and Senior Director of Communications and PR. 

Brenna joined Pillsbury United in 2015 with more than 15 years of experience in nonprofit management, strategic communications, brand strategy, and PR. Previously she’s held communications and marketing positions at Grassroots Solutions, Goodwill/Easter Seals MN, and Fallon. She has a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of Minnesota. 

Brenna is a proud mom, advocate, traveler, tap dancer, yoga practitioner, gardener, music-lover, and nature-enthusiast. She’s also currently an instructor Ballare Teatro and co-founder of the Twin Cities Tap Festival. 

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