Wendy Schlater is an enrolled member of the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians. She was born, raised and lives on the La Jolla Indian Reservation in the Palomar Mountain range located in northern San Diego County and has served her Tribe in several capacities, including as the youngest Tribal Chairwoman.
Currently, Schlater serves as Program Director of La Jolla’s Avellaka Program addressing safety for Native women on her Reservation. In this capacity, she led the La Jolla Native Women’s Advisory Committee to organize the first annual Sexual Assault Awareness Walk in 2010. In both 2010 and 2011, the Walk had over 250 participants, an activity that helped the entire community gain awareness about the epidemic of violence against Native women in their community.
Schlater is also a member of the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team Committee and a Tribal Subcommittee member of the Violence Against Women Act Committee. She has experience serving as an on-call sexual assault advocate for the rape crisis center in San Diego County and a victim advocate for the Peace Between Partners Program at the local Indian Health Council. She was a founding Board member of a non-profit tribal coalition, the Strong Hearted Native Women’s Coalition. Throughout her career, she has advocated for tribal youth, health, education issues and safety for Native women, developing innovative ways to create Tribal responses and programs respective of Native customs and traditions.