Hi, I’m Wendy and I’m running for West St. Paul City Council.
I’ve lived in West St. Paul since 2015 when my wife and I purchased our first home here after renting for several years in North Minneapolis. I’ve worked in the Human Resources field for over 10 years and have a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology. During the last decade of my career, I’ve spent every day with people from all backgrounds at the highest and lower points in their careers. I’ve learned when people are engaged in their work they want to perform their best, stick around for a long time, and encourage others. That parallels one of my biggest hopes for West St. Paul – engaging more people that call this city home, getting people involved in things they care about, and ensuring people feel proud to live here.
Community involvement is something I find incredibly valuable. For the past several years, I have mentored high school students as they make decisions toward entering the workforce or advancing to college and spoken to high school classrooms on skills like leadership, teamwork and interviewing. I was also selected as a mentor for the inaugural Twin Cities Society for Human Resource Management’s (TCSHRM) Mentorship Program and as a blogger for the 2018 Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Annual Conference & Exposition. I participated in the Susan G Komen 3-Day Walk for a Cure six times, raising over $20,000 for breast cancer research, built houses with Habitat for Humanity and jumped in a frozen lake for Special Olympics of Minnesota’s Polar Plunge three times each. My first dose of civic experience here in West St. Paul was taking part in the Mendota Heights/West St. Paul Citizen Police Academy just a few months after moving here, which was amazing.
I believe West St. Paul is an incredible community with so much to offer each and every one of us. It’s time that we all have a bigger voice in making that happen. We need more perspectives that accurately represent the population of our city, and I want to do that by listening to you. I’m running for city council because I care what happens in our community every day. I want to represent the people who live here and do all I can to make all of our voices heard in city government.
I believe in the value of community engagement. I cherish the diversity of our people. And I care about the future of our city.