Wenda Tai has been active in progressive advocacy since participating in anti-war and civil rights movements in Atlanta and working with community organizations, labor unions, and social/economic justice groups in New York City. After earning a graduate degree in public policy and settling in the Boston area, she has served on boards and advisory committees of the Boston Women’s Fund, Resist, and New Repertory Theatre, and is a founding member of the Jasmine Asian Women Giving Circle, part of the Building Democratic Philanthropy program of the Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy organization. She has recently relocated to Portland, Oregon and hopes to continue the fight for justice, equity and inclusion with like-minded folks in the Pacific Northwest.
Over the last 20 years, Wenda has focused on developing best practices for capacity-building, resource management, and sustainable growth for start-up social enterprises, grassroots organizations, government agencies as well as interdisciplinary programs and initiatives in educational institutions. She is currently a senior consultant at the Nonprofit Association of Oregon working “to strengthen the collective voice, leadership, and capacity of nonprofits to enrich the lives of all Oregonians.” Prior to this new role, she was the Choice Neighborhoods planner at the Boston Housing Authority (BHA). Before her work at the BHA, she served first as the Managing Director, then as the capacity building consultant, of Emerald Cities Collaborative – a consortium of unions, community organizations, social justice advocates, businesses, local government officials and development intermediaries working to “green” our cities in ways that advance equal opportunity, shared wealth, and democracy for all involved.