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About Britta McKenna

Britta is an innovator, philanthropist, dot connector, entrepreneur and community leader with a knack for nurturing new ideas. She and husband Steve co-founded the Fox River Outdoor Store, owning the business for four years. Britta drew on this experience in her role as Executive Director of the non-profit Batavia MainStreet, working to revitalize downtown Batavia, IL. She has worked at IMSA for eleven years, (non-consecutively), first as the founder of the IMSA Kids Institute (KI). She serves now as IMSA’s Chief Innovation Officer.
As a social entrepreneur and activist, Britta has served as an elected official with six years on the Batavia Park Board, three years on the board of Fox Valley Special Recreation and three years with the Batavia Chamber of Commerce Board as well as numerous other civic organizations to better her community. Britta is the founder of two non-profits, the Batavia Parks Foundation (2002) and Breast Cancer MyStory, Inc. (2013). She is active with the Fox Valley Entrepreneurship Center and completed rebuilding the Batavia Riverwalk boardwalk (2014) as a volunteer with her husband, Steven and the Batavia community.
Britta received her undergraduate degree at the University of Minnesota and Master of Public Administration at NIU. She lives in Batavia with her husband, Steven and they have two grown sons, Kyle and Owen and daughter-in-law Natalie.


Present Chief Innovation Officer, Illinois Math and Science Academy

Curriculum Vitae

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Honors and Awards

  • Batavia Citizen of the Year - 2013
  • NIU Model Public Administrator Award - 2011
  • Batavia Chamber of Commerce Donna Dallasassee Award - 2006
  • Com-Ed 100 "Keeping Things Bright in the Community" Award - 2002
  • BP Leader Award/Education - 2001

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