Wendy D. Puriefoy '71, president of the Public Education Network in Washington, D.C., was a guest on National Public Radio's Morning Edition June 9, commenting on public education and lack of funding. The clip was titled Fundraising for Oregon Teachers Faces Criticism,” and focused on a town in Oregon whose residents raised money for 30 teachers' salaries in order to keep the teachers from losing their jobs for lack of state funding. Audio of the clip is available for Real Player and Windows Media Player.
Public Education Network is the nation's largest network of independent, community-based school reform organizations. Prior to her appointment at PEN, Puriefoy was the executive vice-president and chief operating officer of the Boston Foundation, a $500 million community foundation with goals to support health, welfare, educational, cultural, environmental, and housing programs in the greater Boston metropolitan area. She was the first student trustee elected to the HWS Board of Trustees, and as an alumna served another two-year term in 1992.