Who Am I?
I’m Wendy Berry!
After many years of renting in North Minneapolis, my wife Amelia and I chose to purchase a home in West St. Paul in 2015. Amelia and I have been married for five years, together for 10. We have three sons – Ash (21), Ozzy (3 1/2) and Ellis (8 months). I think it’s important that our boys see diversity in the government, and experience first-hand the roles we play in it. I’ve lived in Minnesota since 2003; prior to that, I spent the first 23 years of my life in Sedalia, Missouri.
What Can I Bring to City Council?
I’ve been in Human Resources for over a decade, where 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.
Working in HR has given me experience with company policies, employee handbooks, payroll and benefits, and employee investigations. It has given me critical thinking skills it takes to be an effective Councilperson.
For four years I’ve volunteered for BestPrep, an organization that partners with schools around the Twin Cities to prepare students with career and financial literacy skills. I’ve spoken to high school seniors about teamwork, job searching, and resume building as they prepare for college, and have conducted mock job interviews at a statewide business venture program.
I’ve also enjoyed giving my time to many community-building organizations for over a decade. I’ve participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure six times, raising over $20,000 for breast cancer research. I’ve also built houses with Habitat for Humanity and the Special Olympics of Minnesota’s Polar Plunge three times each.
Giving back to my community is important. It makes us stronger and brings us together.
Why West St. Paul?
The draw of the school district, 15 parks within the city’s five square miles, and its proximity to so many different amenities were some of the things that led my family to WSP. We were quickly welcomed into the community in different ways – recommendations for a mechanic when the brakes went out in our car the week we closed on our house, pastries dropped off by a neighbor to welcome us into the neighborhood or a suggestion that I absolutely had to sign up for the Mendota Heights/West St. Paul Citizens Police Academy. (All of which were fantastic, by the way.) In the past three years, we’ve realized West St. Paul truly is our home.
We made a commitment to staying here for a long time when we bought our home and plan on our younger boys attending school here.