Director of Academy Studies
Ms. Isman has worked at the Academy since 2008 and oversees the Academy studies, providing strategic leadership, project oversight, and subject matter expertise to the project study teams. Prior to this, Ms. Isman was a Project Director managing projects focused on organizational governance and management, strategic planning, and change management. Her research engagements have included working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Social Security Administration, the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as multiple regulatory and Inspector General offices. She is an experienced facilitator and her expertise focuses on development of communication and business strategy frameworks, analysis of ongoing transformation initiatives, and strengthening stakeholder engagement. Brenna’s consulting experience includes both public and private sector clients in the areas of communication strategy, performance management, and organizational development. Prior to joining the Academy, Brenna was a Senior Consultant for the Ambit Group and a Consultant with Mercer Human Resource Consulting facilitating effective organizational change and process improvement. As the Assistant Director for Executive Education for the Kogod School of Business at American University, she developed curriculum for business certificate programs and managed program delivery. She holds a Masters of Business Administration from American University and a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Management from the University of Delaware.