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Los Angeles County, CA March 5, 2002 Election
Smart Voter Full Biography for Wendy Greuel

Candidate for
Councilmember; City of Los Angeles; District 2

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Wendy Greuel is a businesswoman, community leader and life-long resident of the San Fernando Valley. Wendy has deep roots in the Valley and the Second District. She grew up in the North Valley and attended Los Angeles public schools. Her family has had a building supply and trucking business in the Second District for nearly 60 years. A Van Nuys homeowner, Wendy Greuel lives in Los Angeles City Council's Second District.

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, and to current 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. She is running for City Council to continue her commitment to making a difference in the lives of the people of Los Angeles and the Second District. Wendy Greuel is uniquely suited to deliver what the residents of the Second District need.

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. She remains an active member of LA's Best's Board of Directors.

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 works on the company's government and community affairs. She serves as the liaison with community-based organizations and local charities. She coordinates DreamWorks' legislative and governmental activities at the local, state and national levels. Wendy's extensive experience with elected officials and community organizations has 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 currently serves 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 is also a member of the California Film Commission. She is 40 years old.

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