New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
Wendy Ho, MPA, is a community advocate and civic leader with over 10 years of experience working on behalf of students and underserved communities at the local, state, and federal level. Born and raised in San Jose, Wendy first learned the value of education from her grandmother and is a proud product of public schools.
Currently, Wendy serves as the Chief Strategy and Policy Officer for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. Wendy was formerly the Advocacy & Public Policy Program Manager at United Way Silicon Valley. At United Way, Wendy worked to improve the quality of life of Silicon Valley residents through advocacy and public policy change in the areas of education, financial stability and health. Prior to United Way, Wendy served as the research and policy analyst for the Asian & Pacific Islander American Health Forum, a national health justice organization that influences policy and mobilizes communities to improve the health of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Wendy’s policy experience also includes serving as a legislative fellow for Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) where she managed the Congressman’s Homeland Security, language access, and Asian American and Pacific Islander issue portfolio.
Committed to public service, Wendy has served on the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Board of Trustees since 2012. During her tenure on the Board, Wendy has championed student success and equity. Wendy founded and chairs the Board's External Affairs and Legislative Committee. She has also served on the Audit Committee, Chancellor's Search Committee and the district's Foundation Board of Directors. Recognizing the need to develop diverse community college leaders, Wendy is the Immediate Past Chair of the California Community College Asian Pacific Islander Trustees and Administrators Caucus.
She has been recognized as one of 100 “Women of Influence” by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and was the recipient of the 2016 Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies’ Horizon Award for her work promoting, encouraging, mentoring and inspiring other Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to serve the community through public service. In 2018, Wendy was honored by State Assemblymember Ash Kalra with a Leadership in Public Service Award and by the Filipina Women’s Network as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World. Earlier this year, Wendy was awarded the Alumni Pacesetter Award by the Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute.
Wendy holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from Indiana University and dual Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Science and Japanese Studies from the University of California, San Diego.