Wendell M. Layne III

Director of Operations & Technology

Wendell is a forward-thinking public interest technologist with a passion for scaling social impact and business transformation. With a broad background in the technology sector, supporting large-scale, multimillion-dollar, enterprise deployments across the globe, Wendell is now focused on creating complex solutions in the social sector.

As Director of Operations and Technology for Fund II Foundation, Wendell leads the operations and technology business units, including accounting and finance, human resources, marketing and IT. Fund II Foundation has a deep commitment to advancing social change and has awarded more than $250 million to a broad range of not-for-profit organizations across the country, including The United Negro College Fund, Alvin Ailey Dance Foundation, Fair Count and Southern Poverty Law Center.

Reporting directly to the Executive Director, Wendell manages the Foundation’s annual operating budget and ensures resources are allocated properly for the Foundation to fulfill its mission and vision. Additionally, Wendell is responsible the creation and execution of technical strategy, in support of all Fund II Foundation programs.

Wendell previously worked for World Wide Technology (WWT) where he spent most of his tenure on the management and leadership teams in Business Development and Professional Services. Most recently, Wendell managed the global partnership and go-to market strategy with Microsoft and was largely responsible for WWT becoming a nationally recognized Microsoft US public sector Partner of the Year. Prior to that Wendell managed the engineering and software development teams supporting WWT’s first in-house developed software platform.

Wendell serves on the National Executive Committee of the Black Data Professionals Association, the oldest organization in the US focused on minorities in the IT industry. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy, where he served onboard the USS Harry S. Truman, supporting radar and navigational equipment within the combat systems division. Wendell received a B.S. in Business from Saint Louis University’s Cook School of Business, has one son, Wendell IV, and is an avid music-lover, reader and amateur photographer.