Brenda M. Buchanan
Brenda served as co-chair of the Advisory Committee of the Equity Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, which works to strengthen LGBTQ organizations in Maine. A longtime civil rights activist, Brenda was a member of the Steering Committee during the 2005 Maine Won't Discriminate Campaign, which successfully defended the statewide non-discrimination law against repeal, and was an active volunteer in the campaigns for marriage equality in Maine, including the successful effort in 2012.
For more than twenty years Brenda was involved in various capacities with the Maine Civil Liberties Union. Brenda worked at MCLU throughout law school and became a member of the Board of Directors after graduation. She was MCLU's lead attorney on a collaborative effort with the Maine Equal Justice Project to improve due process protections for those involved in child protective cases brought by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. In 2005, the MCLU honored Brenda with its Justice Louis Scolnik Award.
Brenda served for six years on the Board of Directors of the Maine Writers and Publisher's Alliance. A former journalist, since 2015 she has published three mystery novels set in Maine. More information about Brenda's writing life is here: https://brendabuchananwrites.com/