Member, CPF Board of Councilors

Wendy Abrams

Environmental and Social Activist

Wendy Abrams is an environmental and social activist. Stemming from a commitment to the Clinton Global Initiative, she founded Cool Globes, a non-profit designed to raise awareness of climate change using public art and education. Since it’s inception in 2007, the Cool Globes exhibition has toured to four continents, and has been translated in nine languages. Wendy also worked to establish the Abrams Environmental Clinic at the University of Chicago to address environmental problems throughout the Great Lakes region.

Over the past two decades, she has served on many boards, including: Waterkeeper Alliance, NRDC c-4, Environmental Defense Fund, The Field Museum of Natural History, Center for American Progress Action Fund, Brown University’s President's Council, WTTW/Chicago PBS and the RFK Human Rights Leadership Council.

In 2020, she took on the role as Adjunct Professor at USC, teaching “MDA 300: Activism and Advocacy."

Abrams earned her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She is a principal of Medline Industries, Inc, manufacturer and distributor of medical supplies. She and her husband Jim have four children. Their daughters are part of the Trojan Family: Emily graduated USC in 2018, and Katie is currently a Senior majoring in non-governmental organizations and social change.