Wendy - Mitchell has been the principal of WM Consulting, Inc., since 2006 She has an impressive record and nearly 20 years experience in both the public and private sector working in budget, energy and environmental policy areas.
Ms. Mitchell, a veteran of the California State Assembly and State Senate, has served as a Senior Budget Consultant in the California State Assembly, liaison to the Latino Legislative Caucus, Legislative Consultant to the Senate Majority Caucus and the California Senate Majority Leader. In 2003, she was appointed Chief of Staff to State Senator Denise Moreno Ducheny (D-San Diego), former chair of the powerful Senate Budget Committee.
In addition to her policy work, Ms. Mitchell has been recruited eight times by Senate and Assembly leadership to manage political campaigns in highly contested districts throughout California, shaping her understanding of stakeholder identification and participation, message development, fund-raising, community outreach and candidate positioning.
Upon her move to the private sector, Ms. Mitchell became Vice President External Affairs for Cadiz Inc., a publicly traded international company specializing in water resources and land management. In 2005, Ms. Mitchell joined Australian-based Woodside Natural Gas as Vice President of Government and Public Affairs.
Public service has always been a part of her life. Since 2010, she has served as a Governor’s Appointee to the powerful California Coastal Commission. The Coastal Commission is responsible for protecting California’s most vital resource: it’s coastline and beaches. In 2009, Ms. Mitchell was appointed by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to serve as Chair of the South Valley Area Planning Commission.
Ms. Mitchell is a director on the board of the environmental advocacy group the California League of Conservation Voters. She is also a leading member of the board of directors of: Pacoima Beautiful, Planned Parenthood Advocacy Project-LA and Los Angeles Business Council.
Wendy Mitchell has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Government and Journalism from California State University Sacramento.