Wendy Chang, Dwight Stuart Youth Fund

TITLE: Director

FOCUS AREAS: Education enrichment, mentoring, leadership, early literacy/learning

CONTACT: 310-777-5050; wchang@dsyf.org

PROFILE: Wendy Chang is the director of the DSYF and has a long history in the Los Angeles philanthropy sector. Chang’s profile on the DSYF website shares:

During her more than 24 years in the world of nonprofits and foundations, Wendy’s focus has been on grantmaking, program development, public policy, technical assistance, and training. Currently, Wendy directs grantmaking, initiatives, and capacity building activities at the Dwight Stuart Youth Fund.  Wendy’s previous positions include Executive Management Academy Director at the Whitecap Foundation; Director of Training and Advancement at Public Corporation for the Arts; Special Projects/Membership Director for the California Association of Nonprofits; and Director of Consulting Services for CompassPoint Nonprofit Services, Silicon Valley.

Wendy’s community contributions include serving as chair of the Los Angeles Partnership for Early Childhood Investment; board member of LAMBDA Legal; executive board member and chair of the Investment Committee and Audit Committee of the Liberty Hill Foundation; president and founding board treasurer of the National Charity League, Inc., Westside Chapter; member and past chair of Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy, Los Angeles; project lead and advisory member of the Trustee Initiative: Effectiveness through Diversity; member of Women’s Leadership Council, advisory board member of Foundation Boys; as well as honorary council member of Koreatown Youth and Community Center.

Previously, Wendy was a founder and president of the Long Beach Nonprofit Partnership; president of Leadership Long Beach; membership vice president and training chair of Junior League of Long Beach; president of Asian Heritage Council; and chair, Financial Literacy of Women’s Leadership Circle. She was also a member of Los Angeles Urban Funders, as well as Family Foundation Committee and Program Advisory Member of Southern California Grantmakers.

She is a founding member of five community giving circles: Asian American Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s National Donor Circle, Women of Color Giving Circle, Circle of Change, Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander Giving Circle, and the OUT Fund, which she currently co-chairs.

Wendy is the recipient of the Founders Award from Liberty Hill Foundation, Leadership Long Beach Jim Ackerman Alumnus of the Year Award, Distinguished Leadership Award from California Association of Leadership Programs, Distinguished Leadership Award from Community Leadership Association; Community Pride Award from Children’s Nature Institute, Business Associate of the Year from American Women’s Business Association, and Southeast Asian Community Alliance.

Wendy is an alumni member of National Urban Fellow’s America’s Leaders of Change and the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation’s James P. Shannon Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of University of California at Santa Cruz, with majors in Business Economics and Computer Science.

To learn more about Chang’s approach to philanthropy, read her personal article on Bolder Giving.