Wendeen Eolis was introduced to politics and government by her step-father, a senior New York State official, during her childhood. Early on in her business, she renewed connections with New York-based officials on both sides of the aisle. In 1978 Wendeen became a confidante and advisor to Rudy Giuliani as he proceeded up the ladder, continuing in that role during his Mayoralty until she accepted a role as a senior advisor to Governor Pataki. She served as the state's first woman as First Assistant to the Governor. Following the events of 9/11, Wendeen led myriad initiatives in the development of disaster recovery counseling programs, frequenty utilizing her specialized expertise in legal counsel reviews. Hope's Champion Task Force was the outgrowth of those activities..
Inspiration for Hope's Champion Task Force
Her programs, originally desiigned to assist government agencies in the U.S. following the events of 9.11, were exported overseas to assist foreign government allies and survivors of catastrophes, notably terrorism, uprisings, and natural disasters. Today, as the chief operaitons officer in command of HCTF's crisis management teams; she specializes in counsel selections in jurisdictions across the globe--particularly including underprivileged and primitive areas as well as smaller cities and states and for international agencies
Shortly after the great tsunami, Wendeen was named commander of HCTF while working in tribal regions of Indonesia. The government feared that "no one would pay attention to a woman without vesting her with a fancy title. As Commander of HOPE's Champion Task Force, and as an experienced crisis consultant in legal affairs management, her expertise is sought by federal and international officials including senior members of foreign governments.