Wendy Sheu

Senior Fellows Program Director CLF Massachusetts

Wendy Sheu is the Director of the Senior Fellows Program at CLF, where she helps to expand and strengthen CLF’s capacity through the implementation of a pro bono fellowship program for experienced professionals.  She recruits and supports Senior Fellows and other volunteers across all New England states with diverse professional backgrounds who contribute to a variety of program areas within CLF.   

Wendy brings to this role her personal experience as a Senior Fellow from 2018-2019, a passion for protecting the environment, and significant program management experience from her previous job.  Prior to joining CLF, Wendy practiced law for over a decade – first as an associate at Ropes & Gray LLP and then as in-house counsel and chief compliance officer at a regulated investment advisory firm, where she advised on regulatory matters and was responsible for developing and implementing the firm’s compliance program.   

Wendy earned her J.D. from Harvard Law School, and a M.A. in Sociology and B.A. in Economics from Stanford University.  Outside of work, she can often be found with her kids out in nature, playing board games, or trying out ethnic recipes from around the world.

Recent Posts

6 Ways to Make Vermont’s Climate Action Plan Better
Transformational. Game-changing. Equitable. When Vermont unveils its Climate Action Plan in December, let’s make sure those are the words used to describe it – because there’s a lot resting on the outcome. The climate crisis is already here. Droughts and extreme weather are more common, putting stress on our water, land, and communities. Will the…
Our Explainer on What Just Happened on the Boston Waterfront
In early April, a Massachusetts Superior Court judge threw out a 2018 state plan intended to guide development along a section of Boston’s waterfront that stretches from Long Wharf to the old Northern Avenue Bridge. The process that led to that Downtown Waterfront Municipal Harbor Plan violated decades-old laws governing the city’s waterfront – including…
Here’s What a Clean, Equitable Future Should Look Like in New England
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. We all have a vision of what we want for our community. But the harsh reality is that those of us who live in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color have less agency to create that vision than those of us in whiter, wealthier…
What Do We Mean by Environmental Justice?
An earlier version of this article was posted in October 2020. For decades, low-income, immigrant, and communities of color across New England have been overburdened by air pollution from power plants, congested highways, and industrial facilities. These same burdens resulted in COVID-19 and its associated economic crisis taking a much heavier toll on these communities…
Building Communities That Thrive: A Conversation with Dr. Thea James
In the United States, your zip code is a powerful predictor of how long you live. For someone in Newton, Massachusetts, life expectancy extends well into the 90s. But drive just an hour south to New Bedford, and you’ll find it drops to an average of just 68 years old.  It’s tempting to boil down…


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