Wendy Purnell


Wendy joined PERC in 2014 to help more people understand how property rights and enviropreneurs can resolve environmental conflicts.

Wendy's belief in the power of markets to improve lives and protect ecosystems is rooted in hands-on experience. Working with Paso Pacífico, an NGO dedicated to biodiversity conservation, she helped foster economic and ecological resilience in Nicaragua. Programs she developed used market-based approaches to protect endangered species and restore habitat, and received recognition from National Geographic, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the InterAmerican Development Bank. 

Informed by PERC publications, Wendy launched the Czech Republic's first environmental education program, an interdisciplinary curriculum used in high school science, civics, and language classes nationwide. Working with PERC Fellows at the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University, Wendy directed an educational outreach program exploring the principles and practices of free market environmentalism.

At PERC, Wendy directs the Impact Fellowship and the E.L. Wiegand Storyteller in Residence program. She also manages PERC's website, social media presence, external relations and outreach efforts, and the interactive map of PERC's ideas in action.

A Rocky Mountain native, University of Oregon Duck, and sometimes Southern Californian, Wendy grew up skiing, snowboarding, canoeing, camping, hiking, biking, and body surfing in some of the prettiest parts of America. She is happy to call PERC home. 

You can contact her at wendy@perc.org.

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