Brenda Yang

Position title: Assistant Director of Career Communities/Career & Internship Specialist: Environment, Natural Resources & Wildlife

Email: bnyang@wisc.edu

Role: Assistant Director of Career Communities, Career & Internship Specialist: Environment, Natural Resources & Wildlife

Hometown: Yuba City/Marysville, CA

Education: Bachelors of Science in Education from Edgewood College

Hobbies: Hiking, Cooking, Singing, Playing: Guitar & Piano, Writing, Finding Good Eats, Binge Watching a Good Series

Fun Fact: Was in a band and was the lead singer, pianist, and guitar player. 

What made you decide to work in career services? 

I have devoted a large portion of my life to creating access and eliminating barriers for marginalized communities. My personal experience growing up in the States as a First Gen. and low income student has shaped a lot of my world view and advocacy work. In my former position as the Director of the Upward Bound Math Science programs at East & La Follette High Schools, I supported students that are First Gen. and have high financial need in their journey towards gaining access to higher education. In my other work in the community, I work with the City of Madison on increasing language support services to non-English speaking communities. In addition to that, I also serve as a Dane County Board Supervisor for District 19 and work on legislation increasing access to those who need it most. I enjoy supporting students and helping them with their journey towards career opportunities, so, the work I am doing in career services is a continuation of my work in creating access and I look forward to using my experience and expertise to support L&S students.