Wendell E. Kimbrough

Wendell Kimbrough
Chief Executive Officer,
Area Resources for Community and Human Services (ARCHS)

2024 Board of Directors, Chair

Wendell is the architect of ARCHS’ intermediary funding model that aims to disrupt cycles of intergenerational poverty. ARCHS currently funds and strategically enhances a portfolio of 30 human service initiatives. Over the past year, these initiatives improved the lives of more than 180,000 St. Louisans facing disparities and disadvantages in St. Louis’ most impoverished communities.

Through Wendell’s leadership, ARCHS has achieved numerous national and regional awards including four “What’s Right with the Region” honors by FOCUS St. Louis.

Wendell currently serves on the Steering Committee for Kids Win Missouri and on the Board of Directors of Philanthropy Missouri. He is a member of 100 Black Men of Metro St. Louis, a life member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., serving as the Treasurer of the Belleville-O’Fallon, Illinois Graduate Chapter.

Wendell has served on the boards of the After School for All Partnership for St. Louis (ASAP), Missouri KIDS Count, St. Louis Mayor’s Task Force on Youth and Families, and the State of Missouri Pre-K Readiness Panel. He is a 2008 graduate of the FOCUS St. Louis Leadership program.

A native of East St. Louis, Illinois, Wendell has an M.B.A from the Walter E Heller School of Business at Roosevelt University in Chicago, Illinois, and a B.A. in Business Administration from Clark Atlanta University in Atlanta, Georgia.

How does Philanthropy Missouri support your work in the philanthropic sector?

Philanthropy Missouri provides ARCHS with peer-to-peer networking and best practice sharing educational opportunities. Our membership informs us of national and regional data/trends that enhance our grant making and strategic support of human service initiatives.