Atkinson Center Leadership
Brenda Smith is the Cornell Atkinson Director of Business Operations. Brenda is an experienced project manager in the fields of environmental engineering, environmental design and construction, and environmental regulatory compliance. As a senior leader at Cornell for over 15 years, she has managed over $100M worth of projects and programs, led multi-disciplinary professional teams working on a variety of complex challenges, and has been part of several university strategic planning teams. She previously worked as a project manager and director for the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, implementing the capital plan and master plan, and she started out her career in environmental consulting. Her focus is to support and promote the exemplary Atkinson Center programs by leveraging excellence in management and stewardship of resources to fully enable programs for success. She is a graduate of Cornell with degrees from the College of Engineering and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.