Kendra Briechle joined the Partnership & Community Collaboration Academy in 2021 as the Assistant Director of Curriculum & Instruction. With more than 20 years' experience working in conservation, training, and community and economic development, Kendra knows how to work with diverse constituencies to achieve their needs.
Kendra was previously with The Conservation Fund in Arlington, Virginia, where she provided technical assistance to improve environmental outcomes ranging from Appalachian and rural gateway communities to urban locations - including a livability workshop in Saginaw, MI, conservation banking courses in Atlanta and the Pacific Northwest, co-facilitation of the national workshop on Water Quality Markets in Nebraska, and green infrastructure training in Des Moines.
Throughout her career, Kendra has worked with communities, corporations, and organizations nationwide. She has led workshop design and delivery on topics including Balancing Nature and Commerce in Gateway Communities, facilitating entrepreneur development, managing economic analysis, supporting outdoor recreation through the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities program, and conducting livability assessments across the country.
Kendra also authored the first nationwide study on conservation-based affordable housing, led a multi-county economic analysis, and worked for four years in partnership with the Tennessee River Basin Network’s annual meeting.
As a Rural Planner for Loudoun County, Virginia, Kendra served as an ombudsman to rural landowners. She assisted with development alternatives and promotion of the rural economy, preparing new approaches to implement the rural economy and smart growth policies.
At the International City/County Management Association, Kendra led their involvement in the Smart Growth Network, a multi-year project to strengthen local growth policies and smart growth efforts. With EPA’s support, Kendra coordinated a leadership committee of 21 national organizations to promote smart growth. Internally withing ICMA, she developed an advisory board of local government managers on smart growth that resulted in support for the smart growth movement.
Kendra has served as an adjunct professor for Virginia Tech and an instructor for the USDA Graduate School. She has a B.A. in International Affairs from the George Washington University and Master of City Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Kendra is an avid Ultimate Frisbee player and loves to read and bake. During the pandemic she kept active by “recycling” garden plants from homes awaiting demolition in her neighborhood. She lives in Virginia with her family.