Wendy D. Puriefoy earned a B.A. from William Smith College in 1971 and received her master's degree in history from Boston University in 1972, majoring in Afro-American studies, American studies and American colonial history - museums and historic preservation. She completed her coursework for a Ph.D. at Boston University on a Martin Luther King Scholarship.
She was executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Boston Foundation, a community foundation of $500 million with goals to support health, welfare, educational, cultural, environmental and housing programs in the greater Boston metropolitan area.
Since 1991, Puriefoy has been the president of the Public Education Network, the nation's largest network of community-based school reform organizations, which serves over six million poor and disadvantaged children in 27 states and the District of Columbia. Prior to that she was the first student trustee elected to the Board of Trustees and returned to the Board in 1992 to serve again as a trustee for two years.
Other Education: Master's degree in history, Boston University, 1972; Ph.D., Boston University