Wendy was named executive director of the South East Chicago Commission (SECC) in early 2010 as the organization began to broaden its geographic scope to include the Woodlawn and Washington Park neighborhoods. She is an experienced city planner who has worked on economic development projects on the South Side and throughout greater Chicago. Founded in 1952 by the University of Chicago, the SECC was created to enhance the quality of life in the Hyde Park-South Kenwood area by tracking crime, documenting city ordinance violations, and sharing information of public concern. The SECC has evolved over time and now focuses on economic and community development initiatives. Wendy received her bachelor’s degree in economics from Hampton University and a Master's Degree in Public Administration from Roosevelt University.