Wendy Uptain, Advocacy Manager

A strong advocate of public education, Wendy began her career in the classroom as an educator. After teaching for four years, she transitioned into education policy and advocacy. She has provided recommendations and consultation to national policymakers, state superintendents, and state education agency leaders on a range of issues including educator evaluation and teacher preparation. She founded the Hope Street Group Fellowship, a prestigious leadership program for teachers to learn about and influence national and state education policy. Prior to that, Wendy worked at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, advising the Assistant Secretary on early learning.

Wendy serves on the Young Professionals Board for Girls Inc. Dallas and is a volunteer with the Refugee Services of Texas. In 2011, she was honored as a White House Champion of Change for her work in education advocacy and community engagement. Wendy has a BA in Early Childhood Education from Brigham Young University and an MPA focused in Education Policy from the George Washington University.