The Parkinson Council
Executive Director Wendy Lewis brings to The Parkinson Council more than 32 years of experience in the nonprofit and public service sectors. A native of Louisville, KY, Wendy holds a BA from the University of Louisville and a Masters in Nonprofit Leadership from Seattle University. She comes to The Council after serving as Director of Hospital Administration and Client Affairs for the Rutherford Memorial Animal Hospital at the Pennsylvania SPCA (PSPCA). Previously, Wendy worked as a nonprofit consultant.
Wendy began her career in Louisville working with the community-based Urban League to build the capacity of local small businesses. As a young college graduate, Wendy moved to Washington DC and was soon working in the office of U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip, William H. Gray, III (2nd-PA). “I went to DC full of ideas. Working on Capitol Hill taught me to put those ideas into action”, says Wendy.
After Capitol Hill, Wendy worked as a legislative aide in a DC lobbying firm before moving back into the nonprofit world as a senior associate with the Public Education Network (PEN), a national membership organization working on public education reform. “After working for PEN and seeing what nonprofit organizations could accomplish, I knew I wanted to make nonprofits my career.”
Before moving to Philadelphia, Wendy worked for the Seattle-based Center for Health Training, where she managed youth tobacco prevention programs and provided training and technical assistance to regional healthcare providers.
Wendy’s civic involvement has included serving on the boards of the Pacific NW Chapter of the Society of Professional Health Educators, Passages Northwest and volunteering with First Place School, a school for homeless children, and the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia. Wendy has a long-time interest in filmmaking. In her spare time, she co-founded a small film production company to provide documentary-style films for nonprofits and community organizations.
Wendy lives in Chestnut Hill with her husband Daniel, an attorney, and their shelter dog Java, a flat-coat retriever.