Wendy Sedlak, Ph.D., is the strategy director for research and evaluation at Lumina Foundation, an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all.
In her role, she establishes and synthesizes the evidence and data necessary to advise Lumina’s strategic direction, documents effective practices to inform the foundation and the field, and measures the foundation’s progress toward its goals.
Prior to coming to Lumina, Sedlak worked at Equal Measure, where she served as senior director since 2008. In that role, she managed and directed projects across various portfolios of work, including many large-scale complex national systems-change evaluations. Prior to that she worked on several academic and applied-research projects in the social sector, many of them geared toward understanding and addressing chronic, complex societal challenges.
Sedlak earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and sociology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and master’s and doctoral degrees in sociology from Temple University.