Bridget McDermott Flood has been the executive director of the Incarnate Word Foundation since its inception in 1998. Her passion is bringing the Sisters' Incarnational Spirituality to the Foundation's work in neighborhoods and community. She is the author of Blue Hole Wisdom: My Journey with the Sisters. Current Incarnate Word Foundation initiatives include STL Youth Jobs, a summer youth employment program; Art Place STL, a housing initiative for low-income artists; and St. Louis Survivors Legal Services, a project to provide legal assistance to domestic violence victims.
Bridget graduated from St. Louis University with a Master of Arts in Urban Affairs. Under the Obama administration, she served on the White House Task Force to Reform the Neighborhood and Faith-Based Office. Bridget has also served on national review panels for HHS, the Dept. of Justice and the Department of Education. She also serves on the Board of Headwaters, a nature sanctuary in San Antonio sponsored by the Incarnate Word Sisters, and on the Board of Saint Joseph Housing Initiative and Notre Dame High School in St. Louis. Prior to serving at the Foundation, Bridget led the Today and Tomorrow Foundation of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and she also worked at the Catholic Health Association.
She is a life-long South St. Louisan and also a ceramic artist at Carondelet Pottery, her studio in South St. Louis, as well as a beekeeper and quilter.