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Wendy Smith
Development & Finance Director

Wendy was born and raised in Chapel Hill NC. She received a BA in Art History in 1991 and began working at Cameron’s, a funky little gift gallery, the following fall. In January of 1992 she became a manager with Cameron’s and then in 2002, she and her sister purchased the business from Danny Cameron, a long time supporter of the Scrap Exchange. Wendy first discovered the Scrap Exchange when it was  at Northgate Mall and often shopped there for inspiration and  products for visual merchandising. Store design and merchandising was without a doubt, her favorite part of running and owning a retail store! She and her sister closed the store in 2018 and Wendy began a search for her next true passion and mission. In the fall of 2019, she decided the non-profit sector was where she wanted to land and hoped to find one that focused on the arts, the environment (specifically reuse) or serving an underserved population. Hot dog! Boy was she pleased when, in the spring of 2020, she was invited to join the Scrap Exchange staff! 

Through the years, Wendy has served on several non-profit boards including the Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro, The ArtsCenter and the Carrboro Business Alliance. Through this service, she has developed a passion for all things local. She believes that through community and connections, we can build a vibrant economy that supports the whole community and offers new opportunities to all residents and the families they are raising. Anyone who has served on a committee with her knows that her approach is usually whimsical yet authentic. Her “think outside of the box” is her trademark ingredient for success. 

Wendy loves spending time with her family and luckily they share a lot of the same passions…hiking, thrift shopping, the beach and cooking. She loves to get crafty and is especially grateful when her childrens’ dance teacher lets her help create costumes or set designs. Beyond that, she loves a renovation project…reuse has always been in her blood.