Brenda Brown Hunter
Brenda Brown Hunter is the Science Advisor in the Office of Defense Programs at the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). She assists the Deputy Administrator in directing the Stockpile Stewardship Program (SSP), which is responsible for maintaining the safety, security, and reliability of the Nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile. The NNSA’s nuclear weapons complex includes three national research laboratories, the Nevada Test Site, and four production plants. Ms. Hunter is the representative on the Science Council for all of the production plants. NNSA approximately $5.2 billion program, with over 25,000 people around the country, encompasses operations associated with manufacturing, maintaining, refurbishing, and dismantling the nuclear weapons stockpile. Defense Programs also provides oversight and direction of the research, development, and engineering support to maintain the safety and reliability of the nuclear weapons stockpile in the absence of underground testing, and assures the capability for maintaining the readiness to test and develop new warheads, if required.
Ms. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Alabama State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Tennessee. Among numerous other awards, she is most proud to have received the Levi Watkins President’s Award while attending Alabama State University. She is the recipient of the 2008 YWCA Tribute to Women in Business and Government award. Her talents and drive are visible within the organizations she serves. She expends her energy and her network of contacts to raise funds to support the mission of organizations, such as the American Cancer Society and United Way. Brenda Brown Hunter can be summarized as a real person of compassion and deep desire to effect positive impacts on her community and its citizens.