Wenfei has worked in data and design organizations including the Civic Data Design Lab, Stamen Design and Senseable Cities Lab at MIT. In a previous life, she was a disillusioned banker at Deutsche Bank and then worked in the Office of the COO at Planned Parenthood. At the Civic Data Design Lab, Wenfei is currently leading a project modeling vacancies or underuse in residential developments in China through social media and crowd-sourced data; additionally, she is starting a project to create a place-making and place-sensing urban furniture element. Previously, her projects have addressed the impact of street infrastructure on ethnic minority communities in Los Angeles, citizen-driven pollution documentation in China, network effects of governmental and non-governmental organizations in Latin America, and informal transit in Nairobi.
Her hobbies include knitting, playing in a violin piano duo, attempting to keep her house plants alive, and origami.