Wendy is the DC Director for Family Values @ Work, where she leads the organization’s efforts to gain support for policies such as paid sick days and family leave insurance in the nation’s capital. A skilled coalition-builder, she coordinates much of FV@W’s network of thousands of workers, activists, small business owners, academics, public health experts and elected officials to build momentum for family-friendly policies.
Before joining FV@W, Wendy served as the associate director for the Special Fund for Poverty Alleviation, a special initiative of the Open Society Foundations (OSF) aimed at responding to the economic crisis by leveraging resources to promote opportunity and ameliorate poverty. She has also held positions as the chief of staff for Maryland’s welfare and child welfare agency, and as a program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. She brings more than a decade of experience working with direct service providers, local residents, advocacy groups and funders.
Wendy is an expert on improving the lives of low-wage workers and low-income families. She is a frequent speaker at conferences around the country, and her work has appeared in the media, including NPR’s Diane Rehm Show and the Washington Blade. She serves on the board of the National Employment Law Project, the nation’s leading research organization on economic security for working families.
Wendy received her B.A. in Urban Studies and French from Vassar College, and her an M.A in Philanthropic Studies and M.P.A in Nonprofit Management from Indiana University. An avid soccer player, Wendy lives with her wife and two-year-old son in Silver Spring, MD.