Bridget McDermott Flood

Bridget McDermott Flood has been the executive director of the Incarnate Word Foundation since its inception in 1998. Her passion is bringing the Sisters’ relational vision of the world 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; place-based work using the Neighborhood Enrichment Trust model; RECON, an on-going program to promote civil discourse and racial equity; Food Innovation, a collaborative to promote new products related to food access; and Shut It Down, a public schools/juvenile justice collaborative to keep youth out of the juvenile justice system by preventing school suspension.

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 executive committee of FADICA, Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities. 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.

You can access Bridget’s writings on her blog, 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. Her email address is:

What calls you to NETWORK? Where do you find inspiration in this work?

I am called by NETWORK’s mission of justice and peace.

What do you like to do outside of NETWORK?

  • Beekeeping
  • Ceramics
  • Fiber Art

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri