Wendy D. Puriefoy

Wendy D. Puriefoy is the Director of Education at The Barr Foundation, a Boston-based, private foundation with assets over $1.3 Billion. Its mission is to support gifted leaders and networked organizations working in Boston and beyond to enhance educational and economic opportunities, achieve environmental sustainability, and create rich cultural experiences - all with a particular focus on children and families living in poverty. For several years Ms. Puriefoy was President of Public Education Network (PEN), the nation’s largest network of community-based public school reform organizations that reaches over 8 million economically disadvantaged children in public schools nation-wide. Puriefoy serves on the board of directors of the Children’s Defense Fund, the Independent Sector, and DEMOS, a policy think tank.