This successful entrepreneur opened her first El Pollo Loco restaurant in April 1988 and now operates 18 in the Southland.
Ms. Mendelsohn has served in the capacity of President of the El Pollo Loco Franchisee Association, and on the Marketing Advisory Council and Ops Tech Committee for the El Pollo Loco brand. She is also the recipient of five awards at El Pollo Local conventions for customer service, food safety, and sales performance.
Ms. Mendelsohn is an advocate for the transgender community. She founded the California Trans Workplace Project to create employment opportunities for transgender persons and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Trevor Project, a leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.