Centennial Staff Profiles
UCCE Los Angeles County
County Director (1989–1997)
Time with ANR
George Rendell assembled a team of academic and staff that resembled the rich, diverse communities of Los Angeles County (as well as the State of California). Rendell delivered and facilitated quality programs, resources, and information to residents in San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties. He made sure that his staff members were intimately connected with the various communities they served.
Most Memorable Moment
His most memorable efforts were: 1) raising the profile of Cooperative Extension in LA County by securing funds for the 4-H After School Program; 2) increasing the UCCE budget for LA County; 3) hiring the first Mexican-American academic in all of UCCE; 4) developing the first Affirmative Action compliance review procedure; 5) helping to assess and develop program delivery strategies for reaching urban constituents; 6) developing a systems approach to serve the diverse communities better; and 7) adapting rural programs to meet the needs of urban residents.
What I love Most About Working for ANR
Rendell loved serving clients who needed UCCE services, having a diverse staff in all levels, and building the capacity of UCCE to serve a large county.
An extraordinary teacher helped shape George Rendell's world views. She exposed youth from low-income communities to opportunities, such as taking them to UC campuses. She instilled in Rendell the idea that youth need opportunities if they are to thrive. Also, George was a 4-H member in Riverside County and he remembered the wonderful opportunities the program afforded him (in particular, the International Foreign Youth Exchange Program). He was well known by UCCE staff members, and the County Director at that time recommended him for a position at UCCE. During his time at UCCE, Rendell helped pilot the following programs: 4-H After School Activity Program, Project Reach Out, Project Link, Project Link Plus, Summer School-Age Programs, Health Education Training Programs, Partners in Learning, Kraft/HUD Project, Re-Green LA Initiative, Gardening Angels, Master Food Preserver and Master Composter, and Uhuru Gardens.