Public Servant

WHE/Maureen go to Middle East

Wendeen Eolis  was introduced to politics and government by her father, a senior government official during her childhood. Like Maureen Reagan, with whom she traveled to the Middle Eas,t in 1995, following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin,​ Wendeen was fascinated with her father's public service. Her friend Maureen, however, had far more opportunities to represent her father  with high level officials --until 2002 when Wendeen  assumed her current role as the chief operating officer in command of HOPE's Champion Task Force. Wendeen has headed HCTF, a post 9/11 initiative that began as a legal affairs crisis counseling program since 2002.  Wendeen's responsibilities on behalf of HCTF center on legal affairs crisis counseling and attorney and counsel vetting services to high level government officials in the United States and  abroad (American allies) in connection with urgent legal issues arising from incidents of violence and natural disasters.  

 

Hope's Champion is a Labor of Love

Wendeen's interest in public service was magnified as a result of a chance meeting with Rudy Giuliani, in 1978, after she recommended his senior law partner at Patterson Bellknap & Webb, for a counsel role with her client, the New York Daily News.Rudy's pride in his career as a public servant resonated with Wendeen as a commitment to "giving back".

WHE with former Vietcong soldier

The seeds for Wendeen's leadership of Hope's Champion Task Force were firmly planted in Vietnam, where she led a mission through the Cuchi Tunnels on behalf of Vietnam "War" widows. But Wendeen's passion for public service, and humanitarian affairs began in earnest much earlier, as a teenager who got to meet and visit with her Dad's colleagues and friends in government. The connections proved helpful in efforts to work the the corridors of political power and halls of government in New York State to modernize the laws that affected recruiters.

The first woman, and at 30, the youngest president of the Association of Personnel Consultants of New York (APCNY), Wendeen earned a "Lifetime Service Award from the 1500 firm Association, after a Citation by the New York State Senate that credited her as the architect of new legislation that overhauled employment agency laws on the books since 1904. Like her step-father, who set the example,  Wendeen looked forward to a long term commitment to public service as a labor of love.  And so it has been for Wendeen, in every public service assignment she has accepted; she cherishes the mandate and the work she does for  Hope's Champion Task Force .

Humanitarian Causes

Wendeen steps lively in humanitarian affairs beyond her role as an advisor and collaborator with government leaders and agencies and surviving families and colleagues in the aftermath of catastrophic events. She also has a deep commitment to community give back,  serving as a board member for many years  and/or as a special advisor to numerous non-profit organizations and educational institutions, including among others, Board Member of New Yorkers for Children,  and WNYC and an active participant of the PENCIL Principal for a Day program.  And she is an advocate of programs that encourage individuals to give help to those less fortunate--especially among the people they know.

A Sense of Duty

 
In the immediate days after of 9.11, Wendeen headed to downtown Manhattan to volunteer her services. She counseled displaced lawyers and  businesses in Lower Manhattan, as they assessed their options; residence and career relocations, and management of their legal affairs. Following President George W. Bush's visit to New York, jWendeen  brought her combined expertise as a certified personnel consultant  and due diligence expert in assignments with  various government agencies to the table with teams of law student interns. They began to  vet the credentials, experience and reputation  of lawyers and law firms to the world of disaster recovery operations. Her legal consultancy provided pro bono executive counseling and attorney/law firm  recommendations to businesses  damaged or destroyed in downtown Manhattan.  The initiative was formalized as Hope's Champion Task Force which now assists governments and citizens in the Americas, American allies, and friends of America--in the aftermath of catastrophic events-- most frequently on overseas soil.

 
 Eager to refine her increasingly unique understanding of  the types of  legal issues that arise in the face of catastrophic events, she traveled overseas to meet with her growing contacts in government. She visited hotbeds of terrorism the United Kingdom, Israel, and India among others. Hope's Champion Task Force was formally established in 2002, to advise U.S. government officials and designated allies overseas. 
 
 
 
 
WHE with City Hall friendsWHE/Charles Gargano at WTC

Wendeen Eolis Loves New York!

Wendeen served as an adviser to Rudy Giuliani in his transitions back and forth between private sector practice and public service for 15 + years , notably including his long range assessment of alternatives, prior to leaving his position as the US Attorney (SDNY), in 1989. She was a member of his inner circle during his first two mayoralty campaigns. Prior to his taking office , Wendeen was on his Mayoral transition team. During his first year in office, Wendeen was a special advisor on City Hall operations, communications and spearheaded an evaluation and review of the City's Law Department.

Wendeen went on to become  a special advisor to George Pataki, shortly before his New York State gubernatorial victory. She joined his administration as first  assistant and senior advisor in 1995, as a confidante and independent thinker who took meetings with the Governor and on his behalf with legislators and external civic and corporate leaders. Her special projects included hot potato issues including Indian casino affairs and rent de-regulation. She also collaborated with other senior members of the Administration, including the Chairman of the Empire State Development Corporation ,Ambassador Charles Gargano. She has since served, intermittently, as a special advisor to senior officials and numerous government agencies in the State of New York. 

 

 

Global Connections

 A highly experienced vetting professional and seasoned crisis consultant, Wendeen Eolis has evaluated lawyers for high level roles in the administrations of four American presidents--covering both sides of the aisle.