Wendy McCaig is the founder and Executive Director of Embrace and the author of “From the Sanctuary to the Streets” (CASCADE books 2010.) Wendy holds a Master’s degree in Divinity from Baptist Theological Seminary at Richmond and a Bachelor's in Accounting from Texas A&M University. Wendy started her career as an auditor, initially with Ernst and Young before finding her way into leadership in the local church where she served for more than twenty years. In 2005, Wendy started Embrace and launched a career in community development. In 2009, Wendy was trained and certified in Asset Based Community Development (ABCD) by Communities First Association.
She has spent the past twenty years doing community building in communities across Metro Richmond using ABCD principles and practices and began coaching and training institutions in how to strengthen communities from the inside out using ABCD in 2012. In 2021, Wendy was honored to become a Steward of the Asset-Based Community Development Institute, which consists of ABCD practitioners from across the globe. As a coach and a trainer in ABCD, Wendy has gained experience working a variety of stakeholders including community leaders, congregations, non-profits and governmental agencies. Wendy is married to her high school sweetheart, and they have three lovely young adult daughters.