Wendi Bevins has extensive experience supporting resilience-building development projects in all aspects of the project cycle, from theory of change to final evaluation. She is a resilience professional who is passionate about climate justice. She has used project and program level data to advocate for better policies at the national and international level.
Wendi joined Lutheran World Relief in 2014 and has served in several program quality positions, most recently as the technical advisor for resilience. Among her endeavors, she directed a qualitative mixed-methods evaluation of gender-integrated pilot projects in Nicaragua, Uganda and India. A follow-up study found women farmers and their families continued to benefit from the cooperatives in Nicaragua that were part of the program and that household savings was higher among participants, ensuring a first safety net in times of crisis.
Wendi came to Lutheran World Relief from the World Resources Institute, where she served as an international climate policy research analyst. She also worked with the World Wildlife Fund. She served with the Peace Corps as a community development volunteer in Albania.
Wendi has a B.A. in French from Georgetown College (KY), and a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.