Our Leadership

Commonwealth Facilitation Group

Brenda Steppe Cureton, MPA

Brenda serves as the Managing Partner for Commonwealth Human Services Facilitation Group, LLC (Commonwealth Facilitation Group-CFG).

Brenda Cureton holds a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Organizational Communication from Ohio State University. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & History from Virginia Union University.

Her career started by developing the Career Center at Virginia Union University from a request by VUU's President. That same center is till in operations today. After developing HR programs at VDOT Mrs. Cureton was selected to be the CEO of INROADS for Central Virginia. The Mission of INROADS is to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry, and prepare them for corporate and community leadership. Mrs. Cureton was promoted to manage the Mid Atlantic Region for INROADS. With an over 85% placement rate there are now over a thousand graduates who can claim there start in industry from Mrs. Cureton's leadership and they now hold high level positions in some of our nation's largest corporations and government.

Mrs. Cureton was one of the founding board members and thought leaders for Partnership for the Future, an organization that helps motivated high school students with limited resources transition from high school to college and employment, so they can become successful, contributing members of our community.

In 2005 she became Executive Director of Communities in Schools of Richmond, which is a part of the nation's largest "stay in school" network whose mission is "to champion the connections of needed community resources with schools to help young people successfully learn, stay in school and prepare for life."

Mrs. Cureton has also served as the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of the Virginia Alliance, a network of thirteen family and children services organizations across the Commonwealth of Virginia. In addition she was the President of the Virginia Career Education Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Governor Mark Warner to increase awareness of and support for Career & Technical Education throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Mrs. Cureton currently serves as the National STEM Director for the National Minority Technology Council. She is certified Human Subjects Research (HSR) qualifying her to be involved in research studies involving human subjects, or who have responsibilities for setting policies and procedures with respect to such research. This is critical for human subject protections and this certifies she is current on HSR regulatory and ethical issues. Mrs. Cureton is using this certification at VUU on a National Science Foundation "STEM Coach" research grant. There Mrs. Cureton, as a STEM Coach, is working with students in the Computer Information and Systems Department developing and implementing programs to ensure student success.

Recently Mrs. Cureton was appointed by Richmond City Council to the Career and Technical Education Commission. She was also recently agreed to serve as Chairperson for Richmond Public School System's Governor STEM Academy.

Mrs. Cureton also serves as the Sr. Technical Advisor to the Parent Involvement Board established by the National Minority Technology Council.

Skills Summary

Workforce Development
• Education-Industry Integration
• Business Partnership Recruitment and Orientation
• Intern Program Development, Job Readiness and Placement
• Career Architect™ Administrator
• Training & Development Skills

Non-Profit Management
• Board Development
• Grant Administration and Fundraising
• Program Development, Implementation and Evaluation
• Needs Assessment
• Budget Management

• Program Oversight, Staffing, and Fiscal Administration
• Conflict Management & Resolution
• Performance Management
• Effective Public Speaking and Presentation Skills

• Website/Blog Strategy and Development
• Database Creation and Security
• Business Process and Workflow Analysis
• Search Engine Optimization and Social Media Strategies