|Born||1965 (age 52–53)|
Early life and education
Abrams grew up Wendy Mills in Highland Park as the daughter of a founder of the large private medical equipment manufacturer, Medline Industries. She received a bachelor's degree from Brown University (1987) and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.[when?]
She was Medline Industries' director of corporate communications. She has been a member of the Environmental Defense Fund's National Council since 2002. She is on the board of the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the Sierra Club, Waterkeeper Alliance, and The Field Museum. In 2007, she organized "Cool Globes" in Chicago. She credits her involvement in politics “to promote a nonpartisan environmental agenda.” However, she is a major donor to Democratic heavyweights Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel.
In 2011, she helped establish The Abrams Environmental Law Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School. It was the first step of the Edwin F. Mandel Legal Aid Clinic expansion which intends to guarantee clinical experience to all law students.
She has expressed a hope that President Obama will initiate divestment from oil. Abrams was a substantive critic of the Keystone Pipeline and urged voters to oppose it, claiming that it would impact American energy independence.
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