Alumna Strives to Make a Difference for Women and Girls in Los Angeles County

March 1, 2019

Perla TrumkulPerla Hernandez Trumkul '96 was recently appointed to the fourth district governing council of the Los Angeles County Initiative on Women and Girls (WGI).

The WGI examines the systemic issues that lead to inequitable gender outcomes. The governing council recommends changes to improve the quality of life, increase leadership opportunities, enhance equity and justice, and create pathways and partnerships for women and girls in Los Angeles County.

Trumkul is the district chief of staff for United States Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano, where she runs the local district office and manages a team that serves the San Gabriel Valley in the 32nd Congressional District.
A lifelong San Gabriel Valley resident, Trumkul works to gain public support for policy issues relating to water, transportation and infrastructure, education, immigration reform, veterans, mental health, and healthcare. She also serves as a board member for the YWCA of the Greater San Gabriel Valley, whose mission is to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for women and girls. She wants to help find a voice for those living in fear, such as children, domestic violence victims, refugees, asylees, and human trafficking victims.
Trumkul holds a bachelor’s in sociology from Whittier College and a master of public administration from the University of Southern California. She is currently working on her doctorate degree in education with an emphasis on leadership and organizational change at the University of Southern California where she is studying policies and regulations that affect gender and equity pay gaps, family leave, and parental rights at the workplace.