Van Nuys, California , United States
|| May 23, 1961
Mar 22, 2013 08:39pm
|Info||Councilmember Wendy Greuel was sworn into office on April 4, 2002. She had a busy first day in office reopening the Sunland-Tujunga Field Office and presenting a motion at council reclaiming city money for a project to revitalize Commerce Avenue in Sunland. In her first six months of service, Councilmember Greuel is proud to say that she has fulfilled many campaign promises by fighting to create and protect open space; delivering basic city services to the Valley; and, making downtown more accountable to our communities� interests. |
Within her first six weeks of taking office, she introduced a borough proposal, which seeks to dramatically reorganize city government, moving power away from City Hall and back to the local neighborhoods. In July, she organized a group of over 50 volunteers who identified nearly 300 potholes in the 2nd Council District and then she directed the Bureau of Street Services to fill those potholes within 24 hours.
In October 2002, she fought for the passage of the San Gabriel/Verdugo Mountains Scenic Preservation Specific Plan, which with one bold stroke, identifies prominent ridgelines and protects them from development for all time. And the extraordinary levels of participation and collaboration by all parties involved in the process should set the standard for the way we do business in this city.
Councilmember Greuel is a Van Nuys homeowner and life-long resident of the San Fernando Valley. Before campaigning for office, Wendy Greuel was a businesswoman and community leader. She has deep roots in the Valley and the Second District. She grew up in the North Valley, attended Los Angeles public schools, and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her family has had a building supply and trucking business in the Second District for nearly 60 years.
Wendy has extensive experience in community outreach, working in both the public and private sectors. Throughout her career, Wendy has developed a record of accomplishments by solving problems and addressing neighborhood needs. From her days as a key member of LA Mayor Tom Bradley�s team at City Hall, to her time as a high-ranking federal official working with Cabinet Secretary Henry Cisneros at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, then to a position as a community affairs executive at DreamWorks SKG, Wendy knows and understands Los Angeles and the Second District and has a passion for community and public service.
Wendy�s first experiences with public service began early as Student Body President at Kennedy High School, an internship in Councilman Joel Wachs�s office and an internship in the Mayor�s Office. She continued her commitment to public service while a student at University of California, Los Angeles.
From 1983 to 1993, Wendy learned how to make things work for people at City Hall in the office of Mayor Bradley, where she was the Mayor�s liaison to the City Council, City Departments and the community on public policy issues including child care, the homeless, the elderly, and health issues. Wendy was instrumental in the creation of LA�s BEST, the nationally recognized after school program now serving school children in the Second District and throughout the city.
Wendy also understands how to work with Washington and Sacramento to provide resources for and deliver services to the Second District. From 1993 to 1997, Wendy served as the Field Operations Officer for Southern California for the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) where she championed projects offering opportunities for homeownership, job creation, economic development, and social services for the less fortunate. She was instrumental in coordinating HUD�s 1994 Northridge earthquake emergency response and recovery programs.
In 1997, Wendy Greuel joined the Corporate Affairs Department of DreamWorks SKG where she worked on the company�s government and community affairs. She served as the liaison with community-based organizations and local charities. She coordinated DreamWorks� legislative and governmental activities at the local, state and national levels. Wendy�s extensive experience with elected officials and community organizations had enhanced the company�s commitment to be a community partner and a good corporate citizen.
Wendy Greuel has also been an active leader in numerous community organizations. She served as Vice President of the UCLA Alumni Association, and Chair of the UCLA Alumni Awards Committee. She served as a Board member of LA�s BEST, Tree People, Shelter Partnership, Project Restore, Alternative Living for the Aging, Enterprise Foundation, Glendale Chamber of Commerce and the Coro Foundation. She was also a member of the California Film Commission. She is 41 years old and married to Dean Schramm.
Source: Official City Council Website