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Biography: Wendy Wheeler, President of the Innovation Center for Youth and Community Development
Ms. Wheeler is a leading expert in the field of youth, community, and organizational development. For more than twenty years, Wendy Wheeler has worked to build dynamic and effective programs for young people and to create a fair and just world. As founder and president of the Innovation Center for Community and Youth Development, she seeks out, nurtures and brings to scale exceptional strategies to support young people, strengthen communities and promote social justice.
An expert in training and strategic planning, Ms. Wheeler is a widely sought after consultant to organizations, universities and philanthropic institutions to increase youth engagement in communities and adult partnerships with youth. Prior to founding the Innovation Center in 1997, she held leadership posts at the YMCA, YWCA, Girl Scouts of the USA, and was a Senior Vice President at National 4-H Council. She serves on Advisory Boards for the Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement (CIRCLE) at Tufts University, the Center for Advancement of Informal Science Education (CAISE), and the Encyclopedia of Youth Activism.
Ms. Wheeler has written numerous articles for both practitioners and academics. She also currently serves as the Howland Endowed Chair in Youth Leadership at the University of Minnesota.