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James H. Wendorf

Executive Director

james-h-wendorf James H. Wendorf is Executive Director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD), which is committed to improving the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities. He leads NCLD’s strategic initiatives to empower parents, enable young adults, transform schools and create policy and advocacy impact.

For the past three decades, Jim has worked in the not-for-profit sector to build national and international partnerships supporting children’s learning and literacy. Prior to joining NCLD in 1999, he served as vice president and chief operating officer of Reading Is Fundamental, Inc., the nation's largest nonprofit children's literacy organization, based in Washington, D.C.

Jim currently serves on the advisory board of the National Center on Educational Outcomes (University of Minnesota), the National Association for the Education of African American Children with Learning Disabilities, the Education Policy and Leadership Center (Southern Methodist University) and previously with a variety of civic and education organizations. He served as vice chair of the Congressionally authorized Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities.

Jim is frequently called upon by the news media to comment on policies and programs affecting individuals who struggle to read and learn. He earned a B.A. degree from Yale College, and graduate degrees in English Language and Literature from the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.