Kendra Waddington is a Senior Director of Development, with responsibility for annual fund major gifts and planned giving.
Prior to joining WBEZ, Kendra worked for 12 years at IES Abroad, an international higher education nonprofit. As Executive Director of Advancement, she oversaw all aspects of fundraising and alumni relations. Other roles at IES Abroad included new business lines development, institutional research, and meetings management. Prior to IES Abroad, she worked at private equity and advertising firms and an international humanitarian non-profit.
Originally from Michigan, Kendra moved to Chicago for college. She earned her MA in Cultural & Educational Policy Studies and BA in Communications and International Studies from Loyola University Chicago. She’s never left this great city, though loves to travel. She lives in Chicago with her husband and three children.