Reverend Wendy Hamilton (she/her) is a speaker, minister, mother, and passionate social justice advocate. In 2022, she ran to represent DC in Congress to ensure every resident had a voice at the table. The campaign championed fresh progressive ideas including DC Statehood, Universal Basic Income, Universal Healthcare- and 48 other tangible policies.
DC has been Rev. Wendy's home for more than 30 years. She arrived in the fall of 1986 to attend Howard University, and like so many DC residents, fell in love with the city and decided to stay. Rev. Wendy knows firsthand how hard it is to make ends meet and raise a family here when you’re a homeless single mother on food stamps. She also knows what it’s like to see families grow and thrive here because her daughter welcomed her first grandson to DC just last year.
Rev. Wendy has an extensive professional background in education, communications, and ministry. She has worked in DC Public Schools, on Capitol Hill, the Executive Office of organizations like the NAACP, and as a community leader mentoring people across the city - from Georgetown freshmen as an on-campus chaplain to the LGBT community as the former Pastor of Open Door Metropolitan Community Church.
Most recently, Rev. Wendy served as the Director of Spiritual and Cultural Outreach with Andrew Yang’s 2020 Presidential campaign, and was honored to accept Andrew’s endorsement, along with Marianne Williamson, organizations like the Forward Party, and receive public support from dozens of DC leaders during her campaign.
The fight continues, and Rev.Wendy aka #HopeDealer is just getting started! Join the mailing list to stay up to date, get involved and support the movement for a better, brighter, more hopeful DC!