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Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Brenda Atchison continues to live in her Roxbury community. As a volunteer, she contributes her skills and expertise to numerous non-profit organizations. As a social entrepreneur and activist, Brenda applies her insight, resources and expertise from a varied career in government, industry and education to bring about new possibilities. She is an advocate for changing the narrative on aging, especially in communities of color.

Concerned about health outcomes and disparities as well as quality of life issues, Brenda focuses on living our best lives as we age. She works with groups to sponsor healthy aging events, strengthen social connections, and maintain a sense of purpose. Recent projects include healthy aging events with AARP Massachusetts, art experiences for people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s and dementia with Memory Cafes, African heritage cooking with Oldways, homesharing through Age-Friendly Boston and Nesterly, and an Encore Public Voices fellowship.

As an Ambassador for A Taste of African Heritage cooking, Brenda is committed to sharing her joy for ancestral heritage and healthy food with her community. She melds her experience in West African cooking with her knowledge of important health issues facing Americans to introduce tasteful and nutritious alternatives into our daily lives. Brenda believes that food and nutrition are vital to achieving the best possible outcome for the future of aging.


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