Anke Wessels

Executive Director
CRESP Center for Transformative Action

117 Anabel Taylor Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853
Phone: 607-255-5027

Anke Wessels is the Executive Director of the Center for Transformative Action (formally CRESP), an affiliate of Cornell University. The Center for Transformative Action is an alliance of individuals and organizations inspired by principles of nonviolence and committed to bold action for justice, sustainability, and peace. It supports innovative social entrepreneurs and their projects by providing ready non-profit status, incubation services, and a framework called Transformative Action.

Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, Thich Nhat Hanh, and many others, Transformative Action calls for courage to break the silence that surrounds injustices; patience for the arduous yet ultimately liberating work of building an inclusive movement; imagination to stay free from "us vs. them" strategies that only flame our social problems; and inspiration to envision new solutions to common challenges.

Dr. Wessels teaches AEM 338, Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Problem Solvers. She received her BA in French and Economics, her MS in Agricultural Economics, and her PhD in Geography, specializing in Environmental Politics and Social Movements. She was previously on the faculty at Syracuse University, teaching Environmental Sustainability and Environmental Politics.

She lives in Lansing with her husband, Ric Allen, and is the mother of three daughters.