Wendy Nishikawa
  1. What have you valued most about your association with CUWFA?
    The friendships, camaraderie, and sharing.

  2. As you look back on your career, what accomplishment are you most proud of? Describe a project or accomplishment that you consider to be the most significant in your career.
    During the last half of my Work/Life career, I turned my focus heavily on Financial Wellness. My program (Be Well at Work -Work/Life) offers many financial workshops throughout the year on a wide range of topics including: buying your first home, understanding the UC Pension Plan, investing, social security, working with a financial planner, etc. I also organize an annual Financial Fair for Personal Finance, which provides important knowledge to our employees in all stages of life. The event has now been running for 7 years and going strong!

  3. What are you looking forward to in retirement?
    When I return to work, I may become a consultant for Work/Life or return to work in Mental Health (I'm a licensed MFT).

  4. What advice do you have for those continuing to work in the field?
    Keep up your connection with CUWFA! Many of us are in single-staffed offices and your CUWFA colleagues will provide invaluable support and knowledge.

Wendy Nishikawa

Wendy started her career in Work/Life in 2001 when she was hired to start the Work/Life Office at UC Santa Barbara. In 2008, she took a position at UC Berkeley to manage their Work/Life Program. She has also served as President and Treasurer of CUWFA, been a licensed MFT since 1997, and holds a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology and BA in Psychology. 

Wendy has also worked in the mental health field as Clinical Director of a mental health facility and a Social Services Practitioner for the County of Santa Barbara, Child Welfare Services. Her interests include: international travel (68 countries), numerous sports such as snowboarding, backpacking, beach volleyball.