BRENDA EHEART, Ph.D.:  Board Member

 Formally retired from Generations of Hope, Brenda Eheart continues to work for the development of intentional neighborhoods across the country.  In September 2016, she began her tenure on our BUILDING OHANA Board of Directors.  We are honored and grateful that she has chosen to join our OHANA leadership.

Brenda Krause Eheart, Ph.D. is founder and for many years was Executive Director of Generations of Hope, a non-profit dedicated to enhancing the lives of vulnerable populations by tapping the transformative power of intergenerational community living.


Hope Meadows, her first planned community, was established in 1994 in Rantoul, IL.  Brenda was also a professor at the University of Illinois in Urbana/Champaign for over 20 years.

Brenda has received numerous honors including The Heinz Award in the Human Condition, the AARP Inspire Award, and being named an Ashoka Fellow, a Civic Ventures Purpose Prize Fellow, and a White House Champion of Change. Her work with Hope Meadows has been honored by Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Innovations in American Government Award (finalist), and has received several US Department of Human Services Adoption Excellence Awards. Hope Meadows has been featured in prominent broadcast and print media, including ABC's Nightline, CBS’ 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The New York Times(front page), and NPR’s All Things Considered.