Wendy Carrillo was elected to serve in the California State Assembly in December 2017. She represents the 52nd Assembly District, which is home to approximately 500,000 residents in the City of Los Angeles and South Glendale. Assemblywoman Carrillo brings her values of equity, justice and opportunity to her role as the Chair of the Budget Subcommittee No. 4 on State Administration, in addition to the Assembly Committees on Appropriations, Health, Housing and Community Development, Utilities and Energy, Budget Subcommittee No. 6 on Budget Process, Oversight and Program Evaluation, and the Joint Committees on Legislative Budget, and Climate Change Policies. She serves as the Chair of the Select Committee on Latina Inequities, Vice Chair of the Legislative Progressive Caucus, as a Commissioner for the California Film Commission and serves on the California Cultural and Historical Endowment Board. Additionally, Assemblywoman is a member of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, the California Legislative Women’s Caucus, the California Native American Legislative Caucus, and the California Armenian Legislative Caucus.
Prior to her election, Assemblywoman Carrillo was a broadcast journalist and media pundit covering human rights, global conflict and US politics. Additionally, she worked in communications for a Service Employee International Union (SEIU) local supporting home-care and nursing home workers in California and served in local government as a Communications Deputy for the Los Angeles City Council. Assemblywoman Carrillo immigrated to the United States as a young child during the civil war in El Salvador, and is a first-generation American who is formerly undocumented. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Rhetorical Communication Studies with a minor in Chicano Studies from California State University Los Angeles and a Master’s Degree in Journalism and Political Science with an emphasis in demography from the University of Southern California.