Brenda A. Parker, former head of school at Westside Neighborhood School in Del Rey, has joined the board of trustees at Vistamar School, an independent private high school in El Segundo.

Parker, who has more than 30 years of experience in education, recently retired from Westside Neighborhood School (WNS), a private independent pre-kindergarten through eighth grade school, where she served as head of school for 13 years.

“Brenda brings a wealth of experience from WNS, including growing a school and developing a diverse student body,” said Rob Lovelace, Vistamar board chair. “WNS and Vistamar have similar educational philosophies, so Brenda’s knowledge will be of great benefit to the school as we continue on our strategic path.”

Prior to Westside Neighborhood School, Parker was a director of the elementary division at Chadwick School in Palos Verdes. During her teaching and administrative career, she has held various teaching and administrative positions in both public and private schools.

Recognized as a leader in the field of education, Parker is viewed as a visionary, an effective leader and a child advocate, according to a school source.

“This position at Vistamar gives me the opportunity to influence the continued development of an impressive school where people are passionate about making a significant contribution in the lives of young adults,” said Parker.

She has held a number of posts in professional associations, including serving as a board of trustees member for Peninsula Heritage Elementary School, a board of director for the community service organization LINKS Incorporated, and has been a member of the Los Angeles International Visitors Council and the Community Association for the Palos Verdes Peninsula Multicultural Division.

Parker received her bachelor’s degree, with distinction, in education from the University of Michigan and her Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh.