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Mayor Wendy Bucknum

Mayor Wendy Bucknum was elected to serve as a member of the Mission Viejo City Council in 2014.  She brings a wealth of practical business experience, a history of community involvement, and a solid record of volunteerism.

Mayor Bucknum has a strong business background and is a champion for City policies that are fair, understandable, cost effective, and good for the economy. She is a mom who understands and values partnerships with schools to give Mission Viejo youth a positive educational experience and safe place to learn.  As an active volunteer she understands the unique needs of kids, families, and seniors, and supports programs to serve all.

Mayor Bucknum’s primary goals are to maintain Mission Viejo’s public safety record, create a healthy local business economy, preserve parks and open spaces, to protect Mission Viejo’s schools and neighborhoods, and to maintain and enhance city infrastructure and the community facilities Mission Viejo residents use and enjoy.  

Mayor Bucknum has a strong background in business. Residents of Mission Viejo since 1992, Wendy and her husband Paul have raised their two children in this amazing community.  Over the years, she frequently has been a volunteer in classrooms, for sports teams, and at Mission Viejo Nadadores Swim Meets.  She is a past board member for both the Mission Viejo High School Aquatic Boosters and the Football Boosters, and a past committee chair for Mission Viejo High School Grad Night.

Current Membership Information

Mayor Bucknum serves as Vice Chair on the Orange Council of Governments General Assembly (OCCOG), and serves on the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) Governing Board, and Community, Economic and Human Development Committee.  She serves on the Association of California Cities, Orange County Board. In addition, Wendy is a member of the Standing CUSD/Mission Viejo Ad Hoc Committee, the Olympic Ad Hoc Committee, and the Housing Ad Hoc Committee.  She is an emeritus member of the California Women’s Leadership Association Board and a member of the Mission Viejo Elks Club and Mission Viejo Chamber of Commerce.  Wendy is also a regular participant in communitywide events, such as the Mission Viejo Walk Against Drugs and the Inner Coastal Cleanup Day along Oso Creek Trail.  In addition, she is a long-time member the South Orange County Regional Chamber of Commerce/Economic Coalition, which she chaired in 2013–14.

Previously Held Positions

Wendy has a long history of community involvement.  She served as the Mayor for calendar year 2017, prior to serving on the council, she served four years on the Mission Viejo Community Services Commission and was chair of that commission in 2012.


Term 1 - November 4, 2014

Term 2 - November 6, 2018

Email:         wbucknum@cityofmissionviejo.org