As PERC's director of outreach from 2014 through 2016, Wendy launched the Impact Fellowship, the E.L. Wiegand Storyteller in Residence program, the Eco-Fads podcast with Todd Myers, and the interactive map of PERC's ideas in action. She managed PERC's website, social media presence, external relations, and outreach efforts. She helped recruit for PERC's academic fellowships and revamp PERC Reports. She produced PERC's 2020 Road Map and Wildfire Solutions Summit, articulated PERC's vision, illustrated how PERC works, and raised over one million dollars.
Now, working with Terry Anderson, the Tulo Centre in Canada, and the Ngai Tahu Research Centre in New Zealand, she is helping to formalize anetwork of scholars and tribal leaders dedicated to institutional reform for indigenous peoples around the world. Stay tuned to learn more about the New Indigenous Economics.
2014 Enviropreneur Institute Bio
Wendy Purnell is a communications and business development consultant. With a background in advertising, public policy, and education, she helps NGO and for-profit clients market new products and communicate ideas to new audiences. Wendy launched the Czech Republic's first environmental education program, an interdisciplinary curriculum used in high school science, civics, and language classes nationwide. Programs she developed with environmental NGO Paso Pacífico in Nicaragua, have received recognition from National Geographic, the Clinton Global Initiative, and the InterAmerican Development Bank.
Hands-on experience on Capitol Hill, in Eastern Europe, and in Central America has taught Wendy that peaceful, productive solutions for environmental conflict come from understanding basic principles of ecology and economics.Her current project, EarthArcade, is a suite of interactive games designed to teach conservation science and environmental economics.
Wendy lives a bike ride from the beach in Los Angeles, but her favorite places worth protecting are Priest Lake, Idaho and Ostional, Nicaragua.