A 30-year resident of Santa Barbara County has a deep-rooted interest in the progress, development, and well-being of this community and its residents. Wendy has worked for the County of Santa Barbara for 24years. She started her career in the County General Services Department in 1996 as an account clerk, then in 1999, as the Senior Departmental Assistant for First 5 Santa Barbara County, where she worked her way up through the department to her current position of Executive Director. Wendy also served on the original Santa Barbara County Employee University Governing Council and also served as a mediator in the County’s Mediation program.
Her civic and community involvement includes serving as a Board of Trustee and former President, of Santa Barbara Unified School District, Gateway Educational Services, Board Member (Chair), CAUSE Action Fund, Board Member, Founder and Chair, African American Women of Santa Barbara County Luncheon, Fund for Santa Barbara, former grant-making committee co-chair ,Emerging Leaders Alum, St. Paul AME Church Member, United Way Women United Member, Member of Santa Barbara Women Political Committee Member and Democratic Women of Santa Barbara County, the Santa Barbara Education Foundation Board of Directors (School Board Liaison) and The McCune Foundation’s grant making committee.
When not involved in work or civic activities, she loves spending time with her husband, adult son and laughing and talking with family and friends. Additionally, her interests include reading, watching tennis, acting, and singing.
One of her favorite quotes: “There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls”. Howard Thurman