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Meet the Expert: Wendy Wolf

Areas of Expertise

  • Grantmaking: Strategic Planning, Community Needs Assessment, Community Engagement, Program Planning and Development, Award Processes
  • Operations: Foundation Startups, Conversions Issues and Legacy Obligations, Staff Recruitment and Development, Legal
  • Governance: Bylaws and Policies, Board Recruitment, Board Development and Relations, Succession Planning, Community Advisory Committees
  • Issue Areas: Access, Aging, Behavioral Health, Children and Families, Health Reform, Public Policy and Advocacy Strategies, Oral Health


About Wendy

Over her distinguished career, Dr. Wendy J. Wolf has provided leadership and expertise in health philanthropy, national health policy and public health, leadership development, and the practice of high quality clinical medicine, research and education.

From 2001 to 2016, Dr. Wolf served as the Founding President and CEO of the Maine Health Access Foundation (MeHAF), the state’s largest health philanthropy dedicated to promoting access to quality health care, especially for the uninsured and underserved. Dr. Wolf led the foundation’s long term strategic planning, program development and public policy initiatives, and worked with the organization’s board to ensure that the foundation developed and modeled best practices in foundation governance, transparency, and public accountability. During Dr. Wolf’s tenure, MeHAF evolved into a nationally-recognized leader in advancing state health reform, and in expanding access through the strategic use of public policy, advocacy and program initiatives. Examples include spearheading the development of the most comprehensive statewide electronic health information exchanges in the country, improving care delivery through a ten-year initiative to integrate primary care with behavioral health services, and developing Maine’s comprehensive enroll207 outreach and enrollment campaign for the Health Insurance Marketplace.

She completed her pediatric and pediatric cardiology subspecialty training at the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. As a professor of pediatrics at the University of Texas Health System, she advanced high-quality specialty care delivery, guided student and resident physician education, and performed basic and applied research. After obtaining her MPH degree from the Harvard School of Public Health in 1998, Dr. Wolf served as a Senior Advisor to the Administrators of the Health Resources and Services Administration, as well as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality within the United States Department of Health and Human Services. She received the Secretarial Award for Distinguished Service and the HRSA Administrator’s Award for Outstanding Service for her work on national policy for the new State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Dr. Wolf is a health policy expert and published physician researcher. She has received numerous awards, including being named one of the “50 people shaping Maine” by Maine magazine, and receiving a “20 in 20” statewide health care leadership award from the Maine Health Management Coalition. She previously served on the board of Grantmakers In Health.

After graduating from Denison University, Dr. Wolf obtained her MD degree from Ohio State.