Wendy Carrillo

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Wendy Carrillo
Member of the California State Assembly
from the 51st district
Assumed office
December 16, 2017
Preceded by Jimmy Gomez
Personal details
Born (1980-08-10) August 10, 1980 (age 38)
El Salvador
Nationality American
formerly: Salvadoran
Political party Democratic
Residence Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, California
Alma mater California State University, Los Angeles (BA)[citation needed]
University of Southern California (MA)[citation needed]
Occupation Labor activist

Wendy Maria Carrillo Dono is an American politician serving in the California State Assembly. A Democrat, she represents the 51st State Assembly district, encompassing parts of northeastern Los Angeles and East Los Angeles.[1] She was sworn into office by Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon on December 16, 2017.[2] Prior to becoming a member of the California State Assembly, she was a multimedia journalist and labor activist.

Early life and career[edit]

Wendy Carrillo was born in El Salvador on August 10, 1980, the oldest of five daughters. Her mother immigrated to the United States when Carrillo was a child, as she felt it was unsafe to remain in El Salvador due to civil war. Carrillo's mother worked as a babysitter. From this, she was able to save enough money to bring Carrillo, along with Carrillo's grandmother and aunt, to the United States. [3] She moved to Los Angeles at age 5, and grew up in Boyle Heights and City Terrace. She received residency at age 13 after her father petitioned for her. At age 21, she applied to become a naturalised citizen and was granted citizenship. [4]

For ten years, she was the host and executive producer of a community based program called "Knowledge is Power" on KPWR 106 FM. The talk show covered topics such as environmental justice, access to higher education and politics. Carillo also worked as a writer and producer for Nuvo TV. She was also a regular contributor to Pivot’s Take Part Live, Huff Post Live, The Young TurksThe Point and Al Jazeera America. In 2014, she was the co-founder of now defunct Reported.ly, which was a social media startup that aimed at covering issues of conflict, human rights and political movements.[5] She was also a communications manager for labor union called Local 271, the Los Angeles affiliate of Service Employees International Union.[6]

Education[edit]

Carrillo attended Harrison Elementary, El Sereno Middle School and Roosevelt High. She is a graduate of both East Los Angeles College and Cal State Los Angeles. Carrillo earned a master's degree, with an emphasis in demography and politics, from the University of Southern California.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-pol-ca-assembly-district-51-special-election-20171206-story.html
  2. ^ "About Wendy - Wendy Carrillo for Assembly". Wendy Carrillo for Assembly. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  3. ^ Hoffman, Ally Bogard and Allie. "On Resilience: How Wendy Carrillo Went From Fleeing War To Running For US Congress". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-08-12.
  4. ^ Hoffman, Ally Bogard and Allie. "On Resilience: How Wendy Carrillo Went From Fleeing War To Running For US Congress". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-08-13.
  5. ^ "Wendy Carrillo joins startup reported.ly". Media Moves. 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  6. ^ Livingston, Javier Panzar, Ellis Simani, Michael. "Labor activist Wendy Carrillo will be L.A.'s newest Assembly member - Los Angeles Times". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-09-25.
  7. ^ "About Wendy - Wendy Carrillo for Assembly". Wendy Carrillo for Assembly. Retrieved 2018-09-25.

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