M.S., Education with focus on Educational Foundations and Policy Studies
B.A., Sociology and Spanish; Women and Gender Studies (minor)
Interpreter in Education and Healthcare, University of Georgia
Georgia’s Partners in Policymaking
Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence, National Center for Cultural Competence (GU-NCCC), Georgetown University
Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Leadership Academy, National Center for Cultural Competence (GU-NCCC), Georgetown University
Brenda Liz (Bren) Muñoz is a State of Georgia Governor Appointed Council and Executive Committee Member with the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities (GCDD), as well as a former Diversity Fellow, and currently a Bilingual Community Services Specialist in the Center for Leadership in Disability (CLD) in the School of Public Health at Georgia State University. At CLD, Bren co-leads with Dr. Emily Graybill the Latino Community of Practice: Supporting Families with Children and Youth with Disabilities, a diverse, multi-sector consortium of professionals, families and allies in Georgia with three areas of focus: 1) professional capacity building and collective impact; 2) Latino parent education and leadership training, and; 3) formal and informal advocacy in public policy and systems of care.
She is a former Georgia Department of Public Health/Autism Plan for Georgia/Parent to Parent of Georgia Parent Partner working with Dr. Isadore Leslie Rubin at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. Bren is also a freelance English-Spanish bilingual, multicultural advocate, cultural bearer and broker, educator, interpreter and translator, and consultant. She obtained a Master of Science degree in Education with focus on Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish (dual major) and Women and Gender Studies (minor). She holds professional certificates as an Interpreter in Education and Healthcare from The University of Georgia, completed Georgia’s Partners in Policymaking in 2014, and is a 2015 inaugural graduate of the Georgetown University, National Center for Cultural Competence (GU-NCCC)\, Cultural Diversity and Cultural and Linguistic Competence and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Leadership Academy.
Bren is a proud parent of a nonverbal young man who lives with severe to profound autism spectrum disorders (ASD). She is fluent in English, Spanish and (Brazilian) Portuguese. A native of Puerto Rico, she lived in Connecticut for two decades, and several years ago relocated to metro Atlanta, Georgia. Other progressive leadership service include work with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) as a Parent Advocate and Lead Faculty, the award-winning Broad Prize in Urban Education, Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) as an Advisory Council Member to the Local School Board, and the Georgetown University National Center for Cultural Competence (GU-NCCC) as a bilingual consultant. She is mentee to Mathew McCollough, Director of the Office of Disability Rights for the Washington D.C. Government.
She is interested in social impact in her work for and with Latinx communities in Georgia and the southeast and is currently pursuing an Executive Certificate in Social Impact Strategy through the School of Social Policy and Practice at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn).