Chief Executive Officer
Wendy Spencer was confirmed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service on March 29, 2012, and is expected to take office on April 9. Wendy understands firsthand the needs of local communities and has a proven track record of nearly three decades in volunteer management and administration.
Throughout her career, Wendy has held management positions in the private sector, state government, and in major nonprofit organizations. These include serving as campaign director of United Way of Big Bend, Director of the Florida Park Service, and for the past eight years, as Chief Executive Officer of the Florida Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community, commonly known as Volunteer Florida.
As head of Volunteer Florida, a bipartisan, gubernatorial appointed commission, Wendy managed between $18 million and $23 million in federal, state, and local grants each year. Also, as the official statewide coordinating agency in times of disasters, the commission organizes volunteers in times of need.
During Florida's record-breaking 2004 and 2005 hurricane seasons, Volunteer Florida coordinated more than 252,000 volunteers, as well as donated items totaling more than $85 million in value, which was the largest mobilization of volunteers in the history of U.S. natural disasters at that time. Wendy was awarded the coveted 2005 Governor's Award by Governor Jeb Bush for her work in leading this effort.
Recognized by her peers for leadership in the volunteer sector, Wendy was elected nationwide as chairman of the Association of State Service Commissions, which is comprised of 54 state service commissions linked to governors' offices. In 2006, President George W. Bush appointed Wendy to the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation where she served with 24 other leading volunteer advocates as an "Ambassador of Service" promoting a culture of citizenship and volunteer service nationwide.
Before joining Volunteer Florida, Wendy served as the director of the Florida Park Service, where she oversaw natural resource and recreational management for 158 state parks, spanning 600,000 acres. She also managed a staff of 1,600 full- and part-time employees and was responsible for overseeing more than 5,000 volunteers and 80 citizen support organizations.
Wendy propelled her career in volunteer management as Campaign Director at the United Way of Big Bend, where she organized hundreds of volunteers in the annual fundraising drive. Throughout her decade with the United Way, Wendy increased fundraising 145 percent and credits her time there with teaching her the principles of recruitment, recognition, and retention of volunteers.
A native of Georgia and a graduate of Valdosta State University, Wendy started volunteering at a young age in her hometown of Thomasville, first with civic and student club organizations in grade school, later serving as a volunteer manager overseeing large events in Macon, GA.
For the past decade, Wendy and her husband have lived in Tallahassee, FL. They have four sons, two daughters-in-law, and one granddaughter.