Wendel joined JUFJ in February of 2021. As the DC Community Organizer, they predominantly work with the Under 3 DC Campaign to ensure implementation of universal access to quality childcare and health and support services for all DC children ages zero to three, plus higher wages for low-paid childcare workers. He also supports and helps lead JUFJ’s other organizing work.
Prior to working at JUFJ, Wendel spent several years as a union organizer with SEIU in Chicago, Central Illinois, and St. Louis. He organized undergrad and graduate student workers, adjunct faculty, and janitors as they fought for better pay, just working conditions, and respect and dignity on the job and in their communities. Wendel is also an Avodah Service Corps alum, and received their Bachelor’s degree in Gender & Sexuality Studies from the University of Chicago.
In his free time, Wendel enjoys reading (mostly fantasy/Sci-Fi), cooking, taking long walks, explaining memes to their parents, and explaining the Enneagram to their friends (Wendel is a type 5, fyi).
Wendel uses they/them/theirs or he/him/his pronouns.