Chief Executive Officer
Brenda Bertus joined the St. Tammany Economic Development Foundation team in 2002. She has led STEDF to become a driving force in parish, regional, and state economic development efforts. Brenda is instrumental in maximizing resources and opportunities for economic development and for fostering collaborative development of regional and national marketing efforts.
Brenda has amassed an extensive amount of experience in economic development, construction, land development, business and community relations, management, and marketing. Her strong background in project management and staff supervision has led her to be called “St. Tammany’s most valuable economic driver.”
Brenda’s economic development leadership resulted in the relocation of Globalstar from Silicon Valley in California, the return of Rain CII to Louisiana from Texas, and the construction of Associated Wholesale Grocer’s distribution facility in Pearl River. During her tenure at STEDF, 134 companies committed to locate or grow their operations within St. Tammany. These companies agreed to invest over $950 million into the parish—retaining almost 4,500 jobs and committing to create over 5,700 new jobs.
Over the years, she has graduated from the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma (OU/EDI), completed coursework for the Louisiana Economic Development Certification (CLED) from the Louisiana Industrial Development Executives Association (LIDEA), and studied at the Institute for Organizational Management at the University of Georgia. She is a graduate of Louisiana Leadership and Leadership Northshore, and she received a Business Retention and Expansion Coordinator Certificate from Business Retention and Expansion International.
Before leading the STEDF team, Brenda served as CEO of the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce and was co-owner of a successful real estate development company for 10 years.
As an economic development expert, Brenda has spoken on numerous panels, appeared on national television, and contributed featured articles to regional publications, sharing her expertise in land and economic development as a representative of St. Tammany Parish and Louisiana. She has served on several boards, presently serving on the East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce and LIDEA.
Brenda graduated from Slidell High School.