Washington Business Journal
July 17, 2015
Brenda Camacho, vice president of finance and operations at Community of Hope, is a 2015
Brenda Camacho joined Community of Hope in 2012 as its director of finance and became the nonprofit’s vice president of finance by 2013. She has overseen the doubling of the organization’s financial team and absorbed the facilities management and technology operations under her direction. In 2014 the organization opened the Conway Health and Resource Center in Ward 8. This $26.6 million-project that more than quadrupled the Community of Hope’s space facilities and has provided housing and health care services for over 3,000 low-income District residents.
Whom did you admire growing up? My mom. She is a woman of faith. She had a lot of hardship on her childhood and adulthood. She raised five children pretty much on her own. She raised us by being resourceful and utilizing whatever recourses were available because most of us had chronic diseases while we were growing up.
Name a person who does not work for your company that you admire professionally, and why: My old CFO [while I was working at Ashoka], Fabricio Soares. I admire him because he is a great leader and a great mentor. Not only does he inspire his staff to do the work, but he also inspires you to reach the stars in anything you want to do.
What creative accounting practices have you implemented to boost Community of Hope? What I brought to Community of Hope is the knowledge of what not to do and the knowledge of how to do it correctly. I was given the opportunity to implement things I knew we needed to do.
If you could change one thing about your job, what would it be? My commute. I live in Leesburg, Virginia, so it is a 50-mile commute to the office.
What inspired you to became an advocate for accessible health care? Being the product of my background, having chronic illness in my childhood and not having specialized health care available. Later in my life, as I was navigating health care with my daughter through her illness. Seeing people without health care consumer savviness and having no one helping them to navigate them through the system further inspired me.
What’s your favorite pastime? Sunday dinners. Everyone sits down and it is going to be two hours together because it is our talking time.
Do you cook? [Laughs] My husband is the one that cooks.
A closer look
Education: Bachelor’s in accounting, University of Phoenix; master’s in financial accounting, Nova Southeastern University
Family: Married with two daughters, 17 and 10, and a son, 15
This article first appeared in the Washington Business Journal.