HRWC selects Wendy Palms to lead Development Team 

Wendy Palms Development Director
Wendy Palms, HRWC Development Director

HRWC is excited to announce the addition of Wendy Palms to our staff. Wendy began as Development Director in early April and is already an indispensable part of the team. Wendy will help set overall fundraising goals for the organization and lead our efforts with individual donors and foundations. She will also oversee membership, events, and corporate sponsorship programs. 

Wendy comes from the University of Michigan where she held several roles in fundraising, most recently providing leadership at Mcubed, a program that matches funders with innovative research collaborations within the University. Wendy brings a strong background in leadership, program development, marketing, and communications. She spent her early career in development for local nonprofits including the Ann Arbor Summer Festival and the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra. 

This month, Wendy is helping HRWC launch a match campaign for the Innovators Fund. The Innovators Fund supports HRWC to develop creative innovative solutions to protect the river, turning the seeds of a good idea into new program work. If you are interested in donating to the Innovators Fund visit  When you give to the Innovators Fund, Bill and Mary Kinley will match your donation dollar for dollar.innovators fund

We are excited by her deep experience, fresh perspectives, and enthusiasm for HRWC’s mission. Wendy grew up in Traverse City on Lake Michigan and she now lives with her husband and three children in Chelsea in the Mill creekshed. Please help us welcome Wendy!