Brenda Sharpe is President and CEO of the REACH Healthcare Foundation. The foundation’s purpose is to create access to quality healthcare for the poor and underserved. Brenda is a member of the Board of Directors and Finance Committee of Grantmakers in Health, a national organization dedicated to helping foundations and corporate giving programs improve the health of all people. Brenda is a Board member of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce, where she serves as a member of the Public Policy Council and co-chairs the Healthy KC Commission. She recently joined the newly formed Kansas Health Leadership Alliance to develop and support sound health policy, and in 2018 concluded two terms as a Trustee of MOSAIC Life Care, a regional non-profit healthcare system serving Northwest Missouri.
Brenda has accepted numerous appointments over her 25-year nonprofit career, including service on the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, Healthy Kansans 2020 Steering Committee, Kansas Health Insurance Exchange Steering Committee, and the Attorney General’s Crime Victims’ Rights and Human Trafficking Grants Review Boards. She has been recognized by the Kansas City Business Journal as one of the area’s Power 100 in 2015-19, included in Ingram’s Magazine 250 Most Powerful Business Leaders in Kansas City in 2016 and 2017, and was presented the Urban League’s Difference Maker Award for leadership in Health Equity and Philanthropy in 2015.
As co-chair of ForwardOP, Brenda assisted her city of nearly 200,000 as they engaged in a community visioning process for Overland Park, Kansas, where she and her husband, Mike, and two children reside.