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Gretchen Shepherd Romey

Drawn by San Marino's beautiful neighborhoods with mature trees, as well as its rich architectural heritage, great schools, and family-friendly community, Gretchen and her husband, Mike, moved here in 1996 to raise their family on Lorain Road where she still resides.

Gretchen grew up in Southern California, though returned to Michigan, her birthplace, and graduated with Honors in a three-year accelerated degree program in History from the Honors College at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.  

After teaching elementary school for two years, Gretchen returned to school to earn a law degree from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law.  Following a Federal Court clerkship, Gretchen joined the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers, and was an associate in the litigation department.  Later, she moved to a smaller firm on the Westside, then entered private practice to work on her own.  During that time, Gretchen volunteered and represented indigent children and their families with the Los Angeles chapter of CASA - the national nonprofit organization for court-appointed special advocates for children.  

Shortly after moving here, Gretchen was asked to join the Executive Board of the San Marino Community Church Nursery School, and the next year she was selected to be its President. That pattern continued over the next 22 years until the present day with her volunteer service in many positions in all the local schools and on local non-profit executive boards, including often as President.  For example, she served as President of the Valentine PTA, in many Executive Board positions in Huntington Middle School PTA, and on the San Marino PTA Council, Westridge School and Polytechnic Schools PTSAs.

Gretchen expanded her community service outside the schools and undertook more charitable work to benefit youth and the greater community when she volunteered at more local non-profits, including as a founding member of the Hill-Harbison House Board, serving in the San Marino Service Unit of Girl Scouts USA, on the Executive Committee of local Troop 355 of Boy Scouts of America, as well as the President of National Charity League Juniors, San Marino, as Board member and then President of the Volunteer Leadership Council at the Huntington Memorial Hospital, in several positions on the Executive Board of National Charity League of San Marino, as President of San Marino Garden Club for the last two years, and as a co-Vice President on the Executive Board of San Marino Junior Alliance. 

Feeling a special connection to scouting since her own involvement as a girl, Gretchen devoted herself for 13 years as a Girl Scout troop leader in San Marino, leading 7 of her scouts (including her daughter Morgan) to the highest level of achievement, the Girl Scout Gold Award.  Along the way, she served on the Board of the San Marino Girl Scout Service Unit in various capacities and co-chaired Twilight Camp at Lacy Park.

Gretchen also served for three years on the Executive Committee for Troop 355 of the Boy Scouts of America, in which her son, Turner, attained Eagle Scout recognition. 

In order to protect and preserve one of the City’s most historic and beloved community buildings -- the San Marino Girl Scout House -- Gretchen was one of the 10 original community volunteers who founded the nonprofit charitable organization which became known as the Hill-Harbison House in 2000.  That nonprofit was created to preserve our San Marino Girl Scout House for the benefit of local Girl Scouts and youth in San Marino and surrounding communities. Every year since its inception, Gretchen has continued to volunteer on its Board of Directors, and for the last ten years, she has served as President.

With her children now out-of-state in college and in the workforce respectively, Gretchen wished to further contribute to her community and the city of San Marino by volunteering to serve on the Lacy Park Landscape Committee, as well as at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens where she volunteers in the educational department, as well as a Full Garden Docent. Shortly after her arrival at the Huntington Library, Galleries & Gardens, Gretchen was asked to also serve and holds a chairmanship position on its Volunteer Leadership Council.

Education

BA 1984, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Honors College, Cum Laude

JD 1988, University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law, Moot Court Board

Work Experience

Teacher, 1984-1985, Los Angeles City Unified School District

Attorney, 1988-1989, O’Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles, California

Law Clerk, 1989-1990, United States District Court, Southern District of California, the Honorable Earl B. Gilliam

Attorney, 1990-1993, O’Melveny & Myers, Los Angeles, California

Attorney, 1993-1995, Stein & Kahan, Santa Monica, California

Attorney, 1995-1997, Solo Practice

Spin (Certified) Instructor, 2010 to present, Women’s World Gym, San Marino, California

Non-Profit Work Experience

Huntington Library, Art Collections, & Botanical Gardens, 2014 to present, Botanical Volunteer Leadership Committee, Full Garden Docent, Rose Docent, Educational Facilitator

Hill-Harbison House (formerly known as the San Marino Girl Scout House), Founding member of Board of Directors, 1999 to present, President 2006 to present; Formed non-profit 501(c)(3) to preserve historic community meeting place, annually fundraise & manage $30,000+ budget; oversee maintenance & improvements; coordinate volunteer efforts to benefit 300+ scouts and community members every week

National Charity League Inc., San Marino, 2005 to 2011, Parliamentarian 2010-2011, Grade Level Chair 2005-2008, All Grade Levels Coordinator 2008-2009; Executive Board member

National Charity League Juniors of San Marino, 1999 to 2005, President 2002-2003 & 2003-2004, Parliamentarian 2004-2005, Philanthropy Chair 2001-2002; Coordinated efforts and 80+ members; raised $425,000+ for Neo-Natal & Pediatric Intensive Care, Huntington Hospital

Volunteer Leadership Experience

San Marino Garden Club, 2010 to present, President 2016-2017 & 2017-2018; served on the Lacy Park Landscape Committee, 2016 to present

San Marino Junior Alliance, 2015 to present, Co-Vice President 2017-2018

Polytechnic School, Global Initiative Alliance (formerly known as AFS), President 2014-2015, various Board positions 2009-2015, including Fundraising Chair 2012-2013

H.E. Huntington Middle School PTA, Huntington Halo Award recipient, various Executive Board positions; coordinated volunteers; fundraised for annual budgets in excess of $150,000

W.L. Valentine Elementary School PTA, Heart of Gold Award recipient, President 2006-2007, 1998 to 2008 various other Executive Board positions including Parliamentarian, First Vice President; coordinated volunteers and fundraised budgets in excess of $250,000 annually

San Marino PTA Council, CA PTA Oak Leaf Award recipient, various Executive Board positions, including Treasurer

Westridge School for Girls, Parent/Teacher/Student Association, various Executive Board positions, including Vice-President Events

Huntington Memorial Hospital Volunteer Leadership Council, President 2003-2004, Executive Board Secretary 2002-2003

Girl Scouts USA, San Marino Service Unit, 1998 to 2011 Troop Leader, San Marino Service Unit Executive Board member, Co-Chair of Twilight Camp at Lacy Park, mother of Girl Scout Gold Award recipient

Boy Scout of America, Rose Bowl District, Troop 355, two-year Executive Committee member, mother of Eagle Scout


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