City/State Public Service
Wendeen H. Eolis' introduction to politics and government came early. During her childhood her father served as a high-ranking New York state official. Following in his footsteps of public service, Ms. Eolis has worked on a wide range of government issues for mayors, governors and presidents on both sides of the aisle. As Commander of HOPE's Champion Task Force, her advice has also been sought by federal and international agencies, as well as senior members of the executive branches of foreign governments.
Service to her city, state, and country
Ms. Eolis remains thoroughly committed to her beloved City of New York. She heads a pro bono personnel counseling and coaching program for lawyers in city and state public service positions who wish to transition back to the private sector. She also serves on the Board of Directors of New Yorkers for Children, which works in partnership with the Administration for Children's Services to better the lives of foster children throughout the five boroughs. With Hope's Champion, Ms. Eolis links her love for America with a commitment to Americans overseas.
In the mid-70s, while president of APCNY, the statewide personnel trade association, Ms. Eolis was credited as the leading force in overhauling New York State's employment agency statute. Twenty years later, she returned to the state's legislative corridors as Governor Pataki's senior adviser with a portfolio that included special assignments in rent stabilization and private sector and tribal gaming matters. She has been an activist in the State of New York and in legislative corridors of the United States Congress. In her rare spare time, Eolis became the first woman to "cash" at the World Series of Poker and is an advocate for the repeal of the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act, favoring instead licensed, taxed, and regulated gaming options.