Wendy has served on the LA Y Board of Directors since 2019. Prior to that, she served on the Board of Managers at the East Valley Family YMCA since 2015.
Prior to her service on the LA Y Board, Wendy has been actively involved with the Y since her son participated in Youth & Government through the East Valley Family YMCA. However, Wendy’s history with the Y dates back to her childhood when she learned how to swim at her local Y.
Wendy has a laudable career in public service starting from her time working for Mayor Tom Bradley at City Hall. Throughout her career, Wendy worked in the Clinton administration from 1993-1997 serving with Housing and Urban Development first as the Deputy Director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness and later as the field operations officer for Southern California. Wendy served on the Los Angeles City Council from 2002-2009 where she was President Pro Tempore, chair of the Transportation and Ad-Hoc Business Tax Reform Committees, vice chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, and also a member of the Audits and Governmental Efficiency and Energy and Environment Committees.
Wendy is most notably known for being the second woman to be elected to a citywide office in Los Angeles serving as City Controller from 2009-2013, and the first woman to be a runoff candidate for Mayor.
Wendy becomes the chair, replacing outgoing Chair Andrew Crowell who successfully led the LA Y over the last three years.