Thursday, October 27, 2016

Silver Lake’s Ultimate Power Couple: Mayor-Elect Eric Garcetti and Amy Wakeland

Eric Garcetti and Amy Wakeland watching election night returns/Courtesy Garcetti campaign

A L.A. Times story this weekend on Amy Wakeland, the wife  of mayor elect Eric Garcetti, provided some insights into the relationship of the Silver Lake couple.

While Garcetti has been in the public eye since 2001 as representative of Council District 13, Wakeland  has maintained a low public profile but  is described as a “powerful player in Garcetti’s political life”  and ran field operations during Garcetti’s first campaign “like a military operation,” according to one family friend.  At home, Garcetti and Wakeland, who lived in Echo Park  until purchasing  a $1.4 million Silver Lake house in 2011,  have maintained a busy social scene, described by one  friend as “almost like a salon.”

After fostering seven children, the couple, who were married in 2009, adopted a girl, 17-month-old Maya, during the mayoral campaign.  Wakeland, 43, said one of her major roles has been maintaining a schedule that balances their professional and personal lives.  It’s a role she takes seriously as she demonstrated during a dinner at a Silver Lake restaurant with a Times reporter:

Wakeland’s firm hand on the schedule was apparent at the restaurant. When Garcetti mentioned an upcoming event for the Liberty Hill Foundation, a group that promotes social change, she said firmly: “We are not attending the dinner. No. We are not attending the dinner.”

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  1. Amy Wakeland has been a champion of the people from behind the scenes for many years. Some people make a big deal of her direct style – she may be very matter-of-fact and no-nonsense, but she’s also a very warm and loving person. She’s brilliant and will be a fantastic first lady for Los Angeles.

  2. Amy Wakeland has been helping less fortunate for years under the radar.

    She does it because that is genuinely who she is.

    Yes she is a very direct person, but I have always appreciated her honesty. Nothing fake here.

    Amy is highly intelligent, kind and genuinely cares for others.

    This is why Eric loves her and why we are lucky to have her as our First Lady.

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