Public Servant

WHE/Maureen go to Middle East

Wendeen Eolis  was introduced to politics and government by her father, a senior civil servant  and later a high level state official during her childhood. Wendeen's interest in public service was further magnified as a result of a chance meeting with Rudy Giuliani, in 1978. Rudy's pride in public servant, resonated with Wendeen as a commitment to "giving back."But it was her friend Maureen Reagan, who pushed Wendeen to take public service more seriously when gubernatorial candidate George Pataki came knocking at her door.

Already a confidante to the Mayor, Wendeen became an advisor to the unlikely candidate for governor--joining the Pataki  administration as his First Assistant and Senior Advisor. She united with Maureen for a trip to the Middle East in 1995, following the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin. She looked upon her friend's decision to act as a family representative with great admiration.

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, Wendeen  brought her combined expertise as a due diligence expert in government assignments to the table. She began to recruit and  vet lawyers and law firms for disaster recovery legal matters . Her legal consultancy provided pro bono executive counseling and attorney/law firm  recommendations to businesses  damaged or destroyed in downtown Manhattan. 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.

In 2002, following the death of Wendeen's father, she  translated her 9/11 initiative, that began as a legal affairs crisis counseling program, to a formalized role; engaged  as the steward of legal affairs crisis counseling and attorney and counsel vetting services to high level government officials. HCTF focuses on securing highly specialized legal talent and law firm counsel needs arising from incidents of violence and natural disasters.

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-- frequently on overseas soil. She treats this work as a labor of love and a tribute to her father's nearly lifelong  commitment to public service


Wendeen Eolis Loves New York!

WHE with City Hall friends

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.

 

 

WHE/Charles Gargano at WTC

WHE/Charles Gargano at WTCWendeen 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.

For more information and to schedule appointments,
call (212) 472-4000 or email eolis@eolis.com