Wendy Garen is president and CEO of The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. She entered this role after having been with the foundation for more than twenty years. Prior to joining Parsons, Ms. Garen was executive director of the Los Angeles Child Care and Development Council, program manager at Children’s Home Society of Orange County, and founding staff member of the children’s nonprofit Crystal Stairs. Ms. Garen is a frequent speaker, moderator, and panelist at local and national meetings for philanthropy. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for Philanthropy and Public Policy at USC, the board of Southern California Grantmakers, and is vice chair of the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families, which she represents on the board of First 5 LA. Ms. Garen earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from the University of California, Los Angeles.