Mike Wendler was a Veteran Fellow at the Hoover Institution. Wendler was a member of the second cohort (2022–23).

Mike Wendler is a native of San Francisco. Following in the footsteps of his brother and father, he was commissioned as second lieutenant in the Marine Corps after graduating from the University of California–Davis in 1998. On active duty, Wendler served as a logistics and supply-chain management officer. He served as the logistics officer for the invasion of conventional forces in Afghanistan as part of the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit and Task Force 58. In 2003, he participated in the invasion of Iraq as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom. In 2004, Wendler transitioned to the reserves. Wendler has served as company commander, battalion executive officer, battalion commander, and special staff officer to the commanding general, leading innovation efforts. Currently, Wendler is a colonel and continues to lead innovation efforts as deputy regimental commander. He has a juris doctor degree from Loyola Law School. He is a superior graduate of the US Army War College. In December 2007, upon passing the California bar exam, Wendler was employed at the district attorney’s office in San Mateo County, where he is currently a Superior Court judge, presiding over criminal jury trials and preliminary hearings.

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