Wendy A Butts
A 16-year veteran of the LA Conservation Corps, Wendy A. Butts has been leading the organization as CEO since July 2014. Wendy’s interest in the environment and its impact on communities started in 1994 when she worked as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Ecuador. She planned community recycling projects, created an environmental club and educated middle school students in conservation-related studies in a rural coastal town. She began her career at the LA Conservation Corps in 1998 working directly with Corpsmembers, and training them in natural and urban environmental studies. She has served as Development Director and Program Development Director, procuring private and government funding for the Corps which led to a 15% growth in the annual budget in four years. Most recently, Wendy served as the Corps’ Contract Compliance Officer developing new systems for monitoring program quality and compliance with contracts. She developed best practices and trained corps across the nation in those same practices.
In 2010, Wendy took a position as Corporate Compliance Officer at QueensCare/QueensCare Family Clinics, and returned to LA Conservation Corps in 2013. Under Wendy’s leadership, the LA Conservation Corps has streamlined financial management and other administrative processes. Also, she developed a Career Pathways program that was implemented earlier this year. The Career Pathways program provides Corpsmembers with industry-recognized credentials in environmental and construction fields that will lead to post-secondary education or living wage jobs. ~ Website: lacorps.org ~ Facebook: lacorps
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