Gregg Fritchle was born in Covina and has lived most of his life in the San Gabriel/Pomona Valley area, attending public schools in West Covina and Covina. He currently lives in Walnut, where he became an active voice in City affairs immediately, twice running for City Council, and continuing to advocate for protection of the last remaining open space in the city. In recent years, Gregg has joined the fight to protect the city of Walnut from the adverse effects of a proposed NFL stadium in the City of Industry.
Gregg enrolled in the University of Southern California at the age of 16, earning a bachelor's degree in psychology. He subsequently earned a master's degree in psychology from California State University, Los Angeles. He has worked for 24 years as a social worker for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services.
Gregg is also an active voice for working Californians, serving in several capacities with SEIU Local 721 and one of its predecessor unions, SEIU Local 535. As a worksite steward for the past 21 years, and for 13 years as a Local 535 statewide Executive Board delegate, Gregg has stood up for his co-workers not only to management but also to leaders of the union itself. As a bargaining team member in contract negotiations several times since 1995, including serving as bargaining team chair in 2007, Gregg has fought for manageable workloads for child welfare social workers. As a member political activist, he has visited the State Capitol on nearly an annual basis since 1992 to fight to protect funding for child welfare services, which are annually threatened with cuts despite State analyses that show that social worker caseloads are over twice the numbers necessary to ensure that at-risk children and families are adequately supervised.