Wendelyn (Wende) Julien was selected by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in January of 2021 to lead the newly formed Los Angeles County Probation Oversight Commission
as its first Executive Director. In this role, Wende oversees a nine-person citizen commission and a team of staff that will guide and enforce much needed reform and
culture change in the nation’s largest probation department including closing all of the County’s juvenile halls and camps within the next five years.
Prior to joining the County, Wende served as the CEO of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Los Angeles for nearly five years, during which
time the number of children served with CASA one-on-one advocacy increased from 800 to 1,400 and she launched significant initiatives to stabilize CASA/LA’s finances,
move CASA/LA towards becoming an actively anti-racist organization, and serve youth in the juvenile justice system with CASA advocacy services. Prior to CASA/LA,
Wende served as the Executive Director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ, formerly NCCJ), where she worked in many roles including as a
youth development specialist and facilitator of programs for thousands of youth, teachers, police officers and community members in human relations, elimination of bias,
conflict resolution, and restorative justice.
Wende is an attorney who worked at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips and as a law clerk with Public Counsel. She holds a J.D. from USC, an M.P.A. from Arizona State University
and a B.A./B.S. from University of Arizona. Wende began her career as a community organizer and remains dedicated to the belief that communities know what they
need and that community safety and progress come through healing, restorative practices, equity, and access to resources. Fluent in Spanish, Wende is a certified
mediator, a CASA volunteer, and her proudest title is that of mom/adopted mom/foster mom/auntie/mentor to a crew of incredible children, teens and adults.