Monday Meal Co-Chairperson
Wendy David is not new to serving her community. She has spent 46 years as an active community advocate.
A wife, mother of 4, and “Nana” to 8, Wendy began her community involvement as an advocate, quite naturally, for youth in education and sports, serving on various volunteer boards, even stretching herself to be the President of Little League! She was a Director/Teacher at Tahoe Parents Nursery School for 15 years, earning her favorite professional title, that of Teacher Wendy. She currently serves on the Barton Health Board of Directors and completed a 4 year term,2014- 2018 on the South Lake Tahoe City Council, including two years as the Mayor. Elected to 4 terms on the Lake Tahoe Unified Board of Education, she served 13 of her 17 years as the President of the Board, leading successful bond efforts which secured more that $110 million in funding for the school District. She was the South Lake Tahoe Site Manager for Court Appointed Special Advocates, CASA, for more than a decade and a volunteer CASA advocate for 20 years.
Caring about her community led her to help found Bread and Broth in 1989 which provides meals for the homeless and she has continued to be a lead cook on the first Monday of each month for the last 30 years. She is also a founder of Tahoe Magic, helping families for the last 26 years that are in crisis with one-time financial assistance. She continues to serve on their board and as Executive Officer; she distributes funds and seeks grants and donations annually. Tahoe Magic provides over $30,000 in crisis help each year to local families.
She currently serves on the Board of the El Dorado Community Foundation, chairing the SLT cabinet of EDCF, is a founding board member for The Tahoe Women’s Community Fund, currently the co-chair, and has been an active Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra member since 1997, serving as their President twice. She has served on the Barton Foundation Community Health Advisory Committee since its inception 8 years ago. She co-chaired the successful bond measure for Lake Tahoe Community College which secured $55 million in facilities funding.
Wendy currently sits on the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless Board in addition to working actively with the El Dorado Community Foundation on housing needs as well.
Wendy recently completed three terms, on the First Five Commission for El Dorado County, serving as their chair for some years. She also concluded 20 years on the Lake Tahoe Educational Foundation Board. She has previously served on the El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Network Board and as their chair. She was a founding board member of Zawadisha, which works with women in Kenya, providing micro- loans and access to solar energy and water catchment devices to improve their lives and their ability to provide income for their families. She feels passionately about her community, her family, and her responsibility toward public service. She believes that to those that have been given much, the responsibility is even greater to give back. Her heart has always been in the area of education, healthy families, children and youth, outreach to those in need, and working collaboratively for a prosperous community.
Wendy shares, “I am fortunate to be at a time in my life where I have the knowledge and experience to serve in roles where I can network with community leaders to bring positive change as well as serving as a mentor and provide encouragement to others as they make a difference in our community as well. I value collaboration and partnerships, positive professional and personal relationships and long term vision resulting in action and accountability. I know that by working together we are better as a community.”