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Ralph M Parsons

Wendy Garen

Wendy has played an integral role in the life of the Parsons Foundation, assuming the title of President and CEO in 2008 after working for the Foundation in increasing levels of responsibility for more than twenty years. She was a founding staff member of the children’s nonprofit Crystal Stairs and headed the Los Angeles Child Care and Development Council. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and has a master’s in urban planning from UCLA. She was on the Harvard Kennedy School Women’s Leadership Board and joined delegations visiting South Africa and Egypt. She has been on the board of Southern California Grantmakers and the Broad Stage and is a member of the Philanthropy Leadership Group, The Trusteeship and serves on the California advisory board of the Milken Institute. She was a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy at UCLA in 2004. Wendy is frequently a speaker and panelist at local and national meetings for philanthropy.


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