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Candidate in Los Angeles, California
Wendy Carrillo is a progressive democrat driven by the desire to serve her community and fight for social justice. She is a staunch supporter of free college tuition, the integration of STEM into public schools, single-payer / saving the Affordable Care Act, the right for workers to organize and ensuring families feel safe against inhumane deportation policies.
As an award-winning journalist, Wendy has a distinguished career as a radio and digital host, writer and producer. For ten years, she was the host and executive producer of “Knowledge is Power,” a community based show on Los Angeles radio station, Power 106fm where topics like access to higher education, ending the school to prison pipeline, environmental justice and political transparency were discussed with elected officials, community leaders and stakeholders. Most recently, she helped co-found Reported.ly, an award-winning social-news startup covering human rights, global conflict and social movements. Her passion for equity and justice led her to Standing Rock, a Native American reservation where she spent several weeks embedded in the fight to stop the North Dakota Access Pipeline.
Having served the members of SEIU ULTCW (now SEIU 2015), Wendy understands the need to organize, mobilize and fight in order to live with dignity and overcome income inequality. In her role with SEIU, Wendy led communications and organizing efforts on local, state and national elections, healthcare for all, wage increases, immigration reform, the foreclosure crisis and many other issues impacting working families across California. She often led communication strategy for the California Table, a coalition body of organizations focused on immigration reform.
A active member of the Democratic Party, Wendy served on the board of the Los Angeles County Young Democrats, served as a AD51 delegate to the California Democratic Party and was recognized as “Woman of the Year” by former State Senate Majority Leader Gloria Romero and as a “Distinguished Woman” by Congresswoman Judy Chu. She’s been presented with numerous recognitions from the City of Los Angeles and LAUSD. She currently sits on the advisory board of Vision to Learn, a nonprofit that has provided over 45,00 students with free glasses to advance in their education.