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Wendy J.

Founding Director
Takoma Park, MD, USA

Biography

Wendy combines her background in restorative practices, mental health, and education with her passion for the arts to foster vibrant, inclusive, and nurturing communities that model and promote social justice. With 25 years of experience working in residential treatment, mental health centers, schools, shelters, prisons, and jails, she understands the myriad challenges confronted by those most impacted by mass incarceration and the root causes of the injustices they face. Wendy is committed to supporting both individual and social change by cultivating relationships grounded in collaboration, trust, authenticity, empathy, and integrity.

Wendy holds a BA in Sociology and Applied Social Relations, studied Transformative Language Arts at Goddard College, and completed her M.A. in Coexistence and Conflict through Brandeis University's Alan B. Slifka Program in Intercommunal Coexistence. She has experience researching the intersection of arts and peacebuilding, and has taught creative writing and conflict transformation within prisons, schools, and youth organizations.