Over the past five years, Wendy and her team have made an enormous difference in the lives of the kids in the Yonkers schools, where 73% of the 27K kids live at or below the poverty level. Although teens in neighboring communities have the benefits of college advisors, tutors, SAT prep classes, and parents who took them on college tours, the kids of Yonkers had none of these things.
Wendy and her team have worked tirelessly to create a “college-ready culture” in the schools, securing funding for college centers and advisors, providing special programming to help kids prepare for post-secondary education, and generating private sector interest in the cause.
She is one of those humble unsung heroes who is making a difference in the lives of thousands of kids each year!
Wendy Nadel has served as the Executive Director of Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE) since its inception in 2007. In this role, Wendy has led a comprehensive effort, in partnership with education, community and business leaders, to implement college and career readiness and post-secondary planning services district-wide to thousands of students in the urban, low-come community of Yonkers, NY.
As a former Chair and current member of the Public Education Network’s Membership Committee, Wendy has been part of the national conversation towards improving educational outcomes for underserved youth.
Prior to YPIE, Wendy Nadel spent 25 years in leadership roles in the not-for-profit sector, including: the March of Dimes (Director of National Youth Programs; Director of Chapter Services). As the founder of a not-for-profit consulting firm CreativeVision, Wendy’s client list included: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, The American Cancer Society, Save the Children Federation, Girl Scouts, Inc. and Childbirth Connections.
In her role with Save the Children, Wendy was the lead researcher/writer for their 2002 publication, America’s Forgotten Children and author of the 2000 publication, The Web of Support; Developing Safe and Nurturing Learning Environments During Out-of-School-Time.
Wendy is a graduate of Emory University and in 2011 she was named one of the 175 HistoryMakers of the University. She is a former member of the Emory University Alumni Board, a member of the Board of Volunteer Center of the United Way and a former Chair of the Byram Hills Education Foundation.
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Wendy Nadel is one of the most talented and dedicated women I know….Her passion for making this world a better place for all children is inspiring!