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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 Senior Policy Director for the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. Wendy was formerly the Advocacy & Public Policy Program Manager at United Way Silicon Valley. At United Way Silicon Valley, 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. She was Board President in 2015 and has chaired the Board's Legislative Committee and the Chancellor Search Committee. Wendy is also on the San Jose-Evergreen Community College District Foundation Board of Directors. Recognizing the need to develop community college leaders, Wendy has been active on a statewide level and is the current Vice Chair and past Secretary of the California Community College Asian Pacific Islander Trustees and Administrators Caucus.
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.