Wendy is a community advocate and civic leader with over 10 years of experience working on behalf of students and underserved communities at the local, state, and federal level.
Currently, Wendy is Chief Strategy and Policy Officer for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits, after serving as its Senior Policy Director for over three years. Wendy was formerly the Advocacy & Public Policy Program Manager at United Way Silicon Valley, where she worked to improve the quality of life of Silicon Valley residents through advocacy and public policy change in the areas of education, financial stability, and health. Prior to United Way, Wendy served as the research and policy analyst for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization that influences policy and mobilizes communities to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Wendy’s policy experience also includes serving as a legislative fellow for Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) where she managed the Congressman’s Homeland Security, language access, and Asian American and Pacific Islander issue portfolio.
Committed to public service, Wendy serves on the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees. Born and raised in San Jose, Wendy is a proud product of public schools and has championed student success and equity during her tenure on the Board.
Wendy holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Japanese Studies from the University of California, San Diego.