Wendy Carrillo brings a lifetime of progressive political advocacy, civic engagement, and media innovation to the table in her historic run for U.S. Congress.
Wendy immigrated to the U.S. as a child escaping El Salvador’s civil war. Between the ages of 5 and 13, she was undocumented. Her mother is now a certified nursing assistant and her father a supervisor with the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. Wendy’s parents stressed the importance of an education and provided her with an invaluable foundation of upward mobility, strong work ethic, compassion, and resiliency. Wendy became a naturalized citizen by her 21st birthday and for a few years, was the only voting member of her family of seven. She is the oldest of five daughters and has paved the way as a first-generation college student.
Wendy has a distinguished career in politics, advocacy, journalism, and media, elevating the voices and political consciousness of everyday people. For ten years, she was the host and executive producer of “Knowledge is Power,” a community based show on Los Angeles radio station, Power 106FM that provided a platform for voices not often heard in mainstream conversation. She’s hosted issue-oriented public forums with various media partners and has been a progressive voice on TV, radio, and digital news outlets. Most recently, she helped co-found Reported.ly, an award-winning social-news startup covering international human rights, global conflict, and social movements. Her passion for equity and justice led her to Standing Rock, where she spent several weeks embedded in the fight to stop the North Dakota Access Pipeline.
Her life experiences and grounding in the community have made her an unwavering and unapologetic advocate for students, working families, women, and marginalized communities. If elected, Wendy will be the first Salvadoran-American elected into Congress.