Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors is made up of dedicated leaders from across the nation and in Mexico with diverse backgrounds. They are committed to advancing equity to support safe, secure, vibrant and healthy communities where everyone can thrive.
Marilyn Wexler has served on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Public Strategies since 2010 and is the current Chairperson of the Board.
Brenda Simmons began her career at the Institute for Public Strategies in 2003 as a community organizer and has served on the Board of Directors since 2019, when she was appointed CEO/President.
Dr. Richard Yoast, now retired, directed the American Medical Association (AMA) Office of Prevention and Healthy Lifestyles (1996-2010).
Vicki has served on the IPS Board of Directors for four years and previously served in various leadership roles within IPS for 11 years.
Sam Becknel, Jr., MPA
Sam Becknel is a dynamic, hands-on organizational strategist and consultant with a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic planning, program development / evaluation and the leadership of complex projects.
Kathleen Smith-Wenning is a registered respiratory therapist who holds a master’s degree in medical anthropology.
Sara Cooley Broschart
Sara Cooley Broschart has over ten years of experience as a substance abuse prevention leader at local, regional and state levels.
Dana Sherrod, MPH
Dana Sherrod is a visionary public health leader whose work centers on health equity, gender, and racial justice.