HONOREE

Wendy R. Nadel

YPIE Founding Executive Director

Wendy became the Founding Executive Director of Yonkers Partners in Education in 2007. During the last twelve years, Wendy has been the driving force behind YPIE and has led the organization to become the successful and highly respected nonprofit that it is today. Wendy’s work as YPIE’s leader has positively impacted the lives of thousands of public school students in Yonkers.

Wendy’s career in the not-for-profit sector began more than 35 years ago while a student at Emory University. As a co-founder of Volunteer Emory, the first United Way satellite branch on a university campus, Wendy experienced early on the impact that not-for-profits can make on societal change. 

Wendy worked for ten years at the national office of the March of Dimes, as the Director of National Youth Programs, where she developed the Foundation's national high school leadership program, Chain Reaction. Later, as the Director of Chapter Services, Wendy developed national programs that supported MOD chapters nationwide. 

In 1996, Wendy formed, CreativeVision, a not-for-profit consulting firm. Her client list included organizations such as The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Cancer Society, Save the Children Federation, Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Girl Scouts, Inc, and Childbirth Connections. 

Beginning in the late 1990s, Wendy traveled to some of the nation's poorest communities to research rural child poverty and served as Save the Children's lead researcher/writer for their 2002 publication, America's Forgotten Children. In addition, she was the author of Save the Children's 2000 publication, The Web of Support; Developing Safe and Nurturing Learning Environments During Out-of-School-Time, a guide for organizations and school districts serving youth during the out of school hours. 

Wendy served as the Chair of the Byram Hills Education Foundation and a member of the Emory University Alumni Board. She is a recipient of Emory University’s Distinguished Alumna Award and in 2014 was named one of the 175 History Makers of the University. 

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