Cynthia Wehrenberg joins Community Foundation as youth impact coordinator
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DUBUQUE, Iowa — With a background building diverse teams for Fortune 500 companies around the world, Cynthia Wehrenberg is now applying her skills to an initiative closer to home: Helping children in the Dubque region succeed in school and life.
Wehrenberg recently joined the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque as youth impact coordinator, a role in which she will coordinate a network of community partners serving children and families.
“I’ve always had an interest in supporting my community, especially children,” the Dubuque resident says. “In past jobs, I’ve traveled a lot, but I also made time to volunteer and support schools any way I could. Now, I’m happy to be taking on a role in which my sole focus will be local youth and families.”
As youth impact coordinator, Wehrenberg is responsible for facilitating the Community Foundation’s initiatives to support children and families, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
A major part of her job is coordinating Every Child Reads, a collaborative effort among parents, educators, nonprofits and civic leaders in the Dubuque region to ensure that all children succeed in school and graduate prepared for college, a career and active citizenship.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, Wehrenberg worked in human resources for a variety of companies, including Prudential Financial and biopharmaceutical company AbbVie. She was responsible for recruiting and building teams of employees from around the world, and in her last role, she also led AbbVie’s diversity and veterans recruitment efforts.
Wehrenberg grew up in Lancaster, Wis., and graduated from Winona State University in Minnesota with a degree in human resources. After graduation, her career first took her to Chicago and then to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. She and her family settled in Dubuque when her husband took a job with John Deere. Today, they have three children who attend Hempstead High School and Jefferson Middle School.
As youth impact coordinator, Wehrenberg succeeds Rachel Williams, who recently accepted a job as a classroom teacher in the Western Dubuque Community School District.
“We are excited for Cynthia to join our impactful team of initiatives coordinators,” says Paul Duster, director of community initiatives for the Community Foundation. “Her experience building and maintaining relationships, as well as her passion for serving children and families, will make a positive impact on Dubuque’s youth.”
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