Brenda Wilson-Hale

Of Counsel

Brenda brings over 25 years of experience in advancement, with a particular focus in higher education. Prior to joining Marts&Lundy in 2013, she was Vice President for Development at Rensselaer Polytechnic University (RPI) in Troy, New York. Before RPI, Brenda served as Chief Executive Officer of the Washington State University Foundation, where she led a team that raised more than $500 million in the first three years of a seven-year, $1 billion campaign. 

Brenda also has served as Senior Director of Development at the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University, leading a $125 million component of MSU’s $1.4 billion campaign; and as Vice President of DePaul University in Chicago, where her tenure was marked by more than tripling annual fundraising results. She also has served in leadership roles at the Morehouse School of Medicine, the National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, the University Cultural Center Association at Wayne State University, and the Museum of African-American History in Detroit. She also served as counsel to Morehouse College, and as Interim Vice President for the College for a year as they searched for new leadership.

Brenda is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). She has presented at Association of Governing Boards (AGB) and CASE conferences, and volunteered her skills to nonprofit organizations in Detroit, Lansing, Atlanta, Chicago, and Seattle. Brenda serves on the 2017 conference planning committee for CASE’s African American Development Officers Network. 


Brunswick, New York


  • Wayne State University, J.D., B.A.

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