Hon. Wendy Greuel

Former Los Angeles City Controller

A working mom and lifelong Angeleno, Wendy attended LA public schools and graduated from UCLA. Wendy started her career in public service working for her mentor, former Mayor Tom Bradley, where for ten years she worked on a wide range of public policy issues including child care, senior care homelessness, housing, public health and education.

While in Mayor Bradley’s office, Wendy was a leader in the creation of LA’s BEST, a nationally recognized after school program that provides a safe and supervised environment for children after school, and helped found the city's first childcare center.

At a time when few in government were paying attention, Wendy helped lead the fight to combat HIV and AIDS, establishing the first city/county AIDS task force and ensuring that the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center remained open at a time when closure was threatened. 

And while many of our veterans struggled with homelessness, Wendy walked the streets to meet them and assist them in securing housing. These experiences sparked a commitment to affordable housing that led Wendy to Washington D.C., where she served in President Clinton’s administration as the Deputy Director of the Interagency Council on Homelessness and later as the Southern California Regional Director at the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  At HUD, Wendy helped secure over one billion dollars in federal aid and coordinated the department’s response in the aftermath of the 1994 Earthquake.

In 1997, Wendy transitioned into the private sector, working for five years in the film industry as an executive at DreamWorks SKG. She understands the critical importance of the entertainment industry and its role in bolstering our state’s economy. At Dreamworks, as a member of the California Film Commission, and in elected office, Wendy has led efforts to fight piracy, protect intellectual property rights and pass strong incentives to stem runaway production, keeping these quality jobs in Los Angeles, where they belong.   She provided strategic guidance in their civic and philanthropic efforts in the Los Angeles Region. 

In 2002, Wendy was elected to the Los Angeles City Council and quickly developed an impressive record of accomplishment by creating jobs, preserving open space and reducing traffic congestion.

Wendy was the architect of historic business tax reform that returned nearly $100 million to local businesses, eliminating the business tax for over 60% of small businesses. She preserved hundreds of acres of open space, more than any member of the City Council, and protected prominent ridgelines from development.

As Chairwoman of the Transportation Committee, Wendy focused on basic city services and became known as the "Pothole Queen" for her relentless pursuit of street improvements. She banned road construction during rush hour and created anti-gridlock zones to unclog our major thoroughfares. Wendy advocated for millions of dollars from the federal government to build new carpool lanes and was an early supporter of Measure R which is dramatically reshaping our transit future.

In 2009, Wendy was elected City Controller, becoming only the second woman in LA’s history elected to citywide office representing many of the communities in the 33rd District. As Controller, she brought a laser focus to examining government finances ensuring our taxpayer dollars were spent efficiently and she brought greater transparency to government. Her audits identified potential savings of millions of taxpayer dollars and advanced important causes including closing the LAPD backlog of untested rape kits and ensuring that women and minority-owned businesses are given fair access to contracting opportunities. 

In 2013, Wendy was engaged by the Orange County Discovery Science Center to help open a new facility in the San Fernando Valley.  She is providing strategic advice on Board development, fundraising and civic engagement.  Discovery Cube LA will be the first major museum in the San Fernando Valley and will focus on four core initiatives:  STEM proficiency, early learning, healthy living and environmental sustainability. 

Throughout her career, Wendy has gained a reputation as a consensus builder, a passionate advocate and a tough fiscal watchdog. 

Wendy and her husband Dean are the proud parents of Thomas, who attends public school.

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