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Wendy Fink

Wendy Fink
Wendy Fink
Executive Director, Academic Programs Section & Assistant Vice President, Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resources (FANR)


  • August 23, 2016
  • Wendy Fink, APLU's associate director for Food, Agriculture, and Natural Resources, served as a panelist at the North American Food & Ag HR Roundtable. The panel examined how employability skills have changed in food and agriculture fields, where they need to change further, and what universities can do to help agriculture graduates develop skills such as teamwork, leadership, communications, and professionalism.

  • March 25, 2015
  • Wendy Fink presented as part of a panel at the March 25th STEM Council meeting of STEMconnector. The panel's focus was "The STEM Food and Ag Council: Cultivating Talent to Solve a Global Challenge."

  • July 2, 2019
  • Wendy Fink, Director of Food, Agriculture, & Natural Resources, was honored with the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture’s E.B. Knight Journal Award for a journal article she co-authored on employability skills in agriculture.

Wendy Fink is Executive Director, Academic Programs Section & Assistant Vice President, Food, Agriculture & Natural Resources (FANR) at APLU. She serves as staff for the Commission on Food, Environment, and Renewable Resources; Board on Natural Resources; the Board on Oceans, Atmosphere, and Climate; Academic Programs Section of Board on Agriculture Assembly, and APLU Project Degree Completion Initiative. Previously she has staffed the APLU Energy Initiative and Smithsonian Folklife Festival Sesquicentennial Celebration of Morrill Act.

Fink acts as a liaison for the Boards to Congress, federal agencies, and other advocacy groups. She also represents the Boards at internal coordinating meetings. She works closely with the executive committee of each Board in completing the business of the Board, including setting goals and priorities, electing officers, coordinating member events, and providing social media and website communications.

Prior to joining APLU, Fink spent five years at the Pew Initiative on Food and Biotechnology (PIFB) as Manager of Science and Public Policy, assisting in development of reports and conferences which contributed to public discussion of agricultural biotechnology.  

Before PIFB, Fink worked as legislative assistant for Rep. Bob Schaffer (R-CO), providing legislative advice and handling constituent matters related to agricultural, environmental, science, energy, and transportation issues.

Prior to her work in Washington, she worked for several employers, including the Colorado Department of Agriculture, Colorado Corn Growers Association, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

Fink received her master’s degrees in agronomy and history, and her undergraduate degree in anthropology from Kansas State University.