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Brenda Abdelall, EHF Consultant

Brenda F. Abdelall is the Founder and President of Bridge Strategies LLC, a public policy and philanthropic consulting firm. The firm builds upon her deep experience in legislative and executive branch advocacy, as well as her experiences with the nonprofit sector.  She currently represents a wide array of philanthropic and nonprofit clients.

She recently was the charities director at a national legal advocacy organization.  Prior to that role, she was the Senior Director at a healthcare legislative and executive branch advocacy firm in Washington D.C., Kimbell and Associates.  Ms. Abdelall also spent three years teaching U.S. constitutional law at New York University in Abu Dhabi. She also served as a compliance officer, where she developed one of the first social responsibility programs for New York University Abu Dhabi on migrant labor rights.

Ms. Abdelall started her career practicing law at the renowned international law firm Sidley LLP, where she was a member of the healthcare regulatory and public policy group.  She gained extensive experience in compliance programs, as well as in legislative and executive branch advocacy during the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  She also maintained a robust pro bono practice while at Sidley LLP, representing clients such as the Tahirih Justice Center, the National Law Center for Homelessness and Poverty, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. 

She graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in December 2002. She earned her law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in December 2005, where she was an editor of the Michigan Journal of Law Reform and a founding board member of the Middle Eastern and North African Law Student Association (MENALSA). After graduating law school, Ms. Abdelall was a D.C. Bar Pro Bono Graduate Fellow with the American Civil Liberties Union’s Legislative Office. She resides in Northern Virginia with her husband and twin boys.