Wendy is a Greenhouse Scholars alumna (CO, 2013). As a first-generation college and post-college graduate, she is keenly aware of the life-changing impact a strong support system can have on one’s opportunities.
Wendy was born in the U.S. but raised in Mexico, where she learned about the power of community. She moved from the mountains of Jalisco to the snowcapped peaks of Colorado and buys Colorado native stickers whenever she can. Wendy made her way to New York City after graduating from the University of Colorado Boulder as a Teach for America fellow.
In New York City, she received her master’s in special education from Hunter College and was a bilingual general and special education teacher for six years. She transitioned into the policy sector through the Bronx Borough President’s Office as an education analyst. Her most recent position was at an education nonprofit assisting students with disabilities, where she focused on distilling high-level education policies for Spanish-speaking families. Wendy has always been conscious of providing equal access to education to the most marginalized students. She strives to challenge current systemic barriers in education and hopes she can expand Greenhouse Scholars’ reach.
Wendy resides in Washington Heights in Manhattan and spends her time finding nature in the city. You can often find her walking through flower gardens around the city or kickboxing in Harlem. When she’s back home, she becomes a true Boulderite and rock climbs, hikes, and is a connoisseur of micro-brewed stouts.