Wendy Gruel was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti to the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Commission in 2015.
A working mom and lifelong Angeleno, Wendy Greuel attended LA public schools and graduated from UCLA. Wendy started her career in public
service working for former Mayor Tom Bradley on a wide range of public policy issues including child care, senior care homelessness,
housing, public health and education. She 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.
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.
She worked for five years in the film industry as an executive at DreamWorks SKG leading efforts to fight piracy, protect intellectual
property rights and pass strong incentives to stem runaway production, keeping these quality jobs in Los Angeles.
Wendy was elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 2002 and quickly developed an impressive record of accomplishment by creating jobs,
preserving open space and reducing traffic congestion.
In 2009, Wendy was elected City Controller, becoming only the second woman in LA’s history elected to citywide office. As Controller,
she brought a laser focus to examining government finances ensuring our taxpayer dollars were spent efficiently and greater transparency
In 2013, Wendy was engaged by the Orange County Discovery Science Center to help open a new facility in the San Fernando Valley.
Discovery Cube LA will be the first major museum in the area 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.