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Wendy Camilla Blackwell


Senior Manager of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute (PLI) , Center for Urban Families (CFUF)

Wendy Camilla Blackwell’s eclectic career started at the U. S. Department of Transportation and Metro-North Commuter Railroad at Grand Central Terminal (GCT). Wendy credits GCT as the grand dame that started her love affair with artful community spaces. Prior to becoming the Senior Manager of the Practitioner’s Leadership Institute (PLI) at the Center for Urban Families (CFUF), Blackwell was the Executive Director at National Children’s Museum where she began as the Director of Education. During her decade of service, she grew the education and programs departments, developed education initiatives, and shaped the Center for Learning and Innovation. Ms. Blackwell championed community collaborations that produced replication-model child and caregiver learning together programs.

At the Center for Urban Families Blackwell leads the Practitioners Leadership Institute (PLI) where she finds joy in developing capacity-building relationships and collaborations with individuals and community. Most recently, PLI began focusing on Baltimore’s grassroots Boys and Men of Color practitioners. Blackwell believes that this singular focus will have significant return on investment in Baltimore’s community where boys and fathers need multidisciplinary support.

Blackwell is a Maryland ACE Interface Certified Master Trainer. Wendy enjoys the intersection of family, literacy, and art and brings this passion to CFUF with the Family Reading Circle and other two-generation efforts. Wendy is the author of Family Literacy Projects on a Budget Toolkit®, which teaches how to create engaging experiences with children’s literature. She is also a contributing author for A Life in Museums: Managing Your Museum Career, edited by Wendy Luke and Greg Stevens for the American Association of Museums, as well as Children’s Services Partnerships for Success, edited by Betsy Diamant-Cohen. Wendy’s museum-school collaboration won a Promising Practice recognition from the Association of Children’s Museum for her work at Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Blackwell and her staff were honored with the Judith P. Hoyer Award for Outstanding Service to Children by the Prince Georges County Early Childhood Interagency.

In addition to writing, Ms. Blackwell was also an award-winning teacher. Blackwell and her eighth grade students received the Daily Point of Light of the Nation from President George H. Bush at the U. S. White House. Blackwell is a 2016 BaltimoreCorp Elevation Award winner for her ART POWER project where she offers art activities for children 5-12 in West Baltimore.  Click HERE to view a video about this project.