Meet Wende Nichols-Julien, who makes it easy!
Wendelyn “Wende” Nichols-Julien is the CEO of CASA/LA (Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles), a non-profit organization that mobilizes community volunteers to advocate for children in the foster care system. She also serves as Vice-Chair of the Los Angeles County Commission on Children and Families and sits on the Board of Directors of California CASA. She facilitated the Leadership Manhattan Beach program from 2013-2016 and is happy to return to the program in the fall of 2018.
Wende has two decades of experience in nonprofit leadership, joining CASA after five years as the Executive Director of the California Conference for Equality and Justice (CCEJ), a non-profit human relations organization dedicated to eliminating bias, bigotry and racism through education, conflict resolution and advocacy. Wende is an attorney, facilitator, certified mediator and restorative justice practitioner. She practiced land use and government law at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps and Phillips and worked and volunteered extensively with Public Counsel’s Immigrants’ Rights Project, specializing in representing victims of domestic violence and trafficking in their immigration cases. Wende started her career as a community organizer in Arizona and later in Long Beach, California, supporting residents to seek justice and dismantle systemic oppression.
Wende has a law degree from the USC Gould School of Law, a Masters in Public Administration and Certificate of Nonprofit Management from Arizona State University, and Bachelor’s degrees in Regional Development and Political Science from the University of Arizona. Wende is a biological, foster and adoptive parent and a CASA volunteer.