James Wendorf
Executive Director


  • Special education and learning disabilities

James H. Wendorf is executive director of the National Center for Learning Disabilities, which is committed to improving the lives of  the 1 in 5 individuals nationwide with learning and attention issues. He leads NCLD’s strategic initiatives to empower parents and enable young adults, transform schools and advocate for equal rights and opportunities. Prior to joining NCLD in 1999, he was vice president and chief operating officer of Reading Is Fundamental Inc., the nation’s largest nonprofit children’s literacy organization. Wendorf serves on the board of  Eagle Hill School (Greenwich, Conn.) and the advisory boards of the National Center on Educational Outcomes at the University of Minnesota and the Education Policy and Leadership Center at Southern Methodist University. He  also served as vice chair of the Congressionally-authorized Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials in Postsecondary Education for Students with Disabilities. Wendorf earned a  bachelor’s degree from Yale College and graduate degrees in English language and literature from the University of Cambridge and Cornell University.