Wendy Abrams


About Wendy Abrams

Wendy Abrams is an environmental activist and founder of Cool Globes, Inc., a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of climate change.  Designed to utilize the venues of public art and education, the inaugural “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet” exhibition premiered in Chicago in 2007 with more than 3 million visitors. The exhibit has since traveled to four continents and has been translated into nine languages.  Cool Globes launched the KNOW TOMORROW campaign in 2015, amplifying the voices of Millennials speaking out on climate change on campuses across the country.

Wendy helped to establish the Abrams Environmental Litigation Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School and the Abrams Environmental Research Fellows at the University of Southern California. She serves on the board of the Center for American Progress c4, the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund, and is a Trustee for Waterkeeper Alliance. She also serves on the board of trustees for WTTW, Chicago’s PBS affiliate, the RFK Human Rights Leadership Council and Brown University’s President’s Council. In 2016, Wendy was a co-Executive Producer of the documentary film I Voted, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.

Wendy graduated from Brown University in 1987, and received an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management in 1990. She lives in Highland Park, IL with her husband, Jim. They have four (wonderful!) children.