Early life and education
He was born in Manhattan, New York to Gladys and Mitch Wenzel, brother of Maura, Rachel and Heather. Wenzel spent his childhood years in the Bronx and in Monroe, New York. He was a graduate of Monroe-Woodbury Senior High School in 1987, and Binghamton University in 1991. He studied abroad at Tel Aviv University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Miami School of Law in 1994.
After graduating, Wenzel worked as an Assistant Public Defender for Miami-Dade County, Florida for three years. He then worked as Bar Counsel for the Florida Bar. Wenzel was a police academy instructor for the Miami-Dade Community College-North Campus School of Justice and Safety Administration, Assistant Public Defender for Dade County and also served on the Florida Bar Counsel where he tried Supreme Court cases.
Wenzel was a ten-time marathon runner and finisher, three-time Ironman finisher as well as a world traveler. He was affiliated with many organizations, some of which include Chabad, the University of Miami Masters Swimming, The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau, The Florida State and Federal Bar (Southern District), FACDL, Dade County Bar Association (Young Lawyer's Division), Civil Litigation Committee (DCBA), Miami Runners Club and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Team in Training.
At the time of his death, Wenzel was 33 years old, he was employed as a clandestine officer of the Central Intelligence Agency CIA and was stationed in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia until he was killed in a car accident on July 9, 2003.
On June 1, 2009 the CIA uncovered Gregg's identity as a clandestine services officer.
On July 23, 2012 the United States House of Representatives passed bill HR 3593 designating the Wenzel's local US Postal Service Office in Monroe, New York as the "National Clandestine Service of the Central Intelligence Agency NCS Officer Gregg David Wenzel Memorial Post Office."
Wenzel was survived by his parents Gladys and Mitchell; his sister Maura and her husband George Liberopoulos; his sister Rachel and her husband Jay Caplan; his sister Heather and her husband Ron Sznol; his nephews Michael, Joshua and Matthew; his nieces Jessica, Leah Dalia and Gwen; his uncle Joe (deceased), cousins Allison, Philip and Julie, and many friends.
- "CIA Pays Tribute to Fallen Officers — Central Intelligence Agency". Cia.gov. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
- Eisenstat, Yael (January 24, 2017). "The Shocking Affront of Donald Trump's C.I.A. Stunt". The New York Times.
- "GREGG DAVID WENZEL : November 18, 1969 - July 9, 2003". Greggwenzel.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24.