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.