Maudwella Kirkendoll, chief operating officer at Community Advocates, has devoted his career to ensuring that underserved families and individuals can address their basic needs and break the cycle of poverty and hopelessness by becoming their own best advocates. Kirkendoll began his career in 1999 as a housing advocate when he helped struggling residents avoid eviction and create safe, stable homes for themselves. He has since held a series of leadership positions overseeing housing, utilities, health care, disability services and customer service programs, all of which are aimed at empowering people facing a crisis so that their lives are not disrupted in the long term.
Kirkendoll earned his Bachelor of Arts in sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and later earned a Master of Education in school business management from the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, Kirkendoll earned the prestigious award “Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities.”