Elected to the Laguna Niguel City Council on November 4, 2014, Council Member Elaine Gennawey brings a wealth of knowledge and public service experience to the Laguna Niguel City Council having served on the City’s Military Support Committee, Parks and Recreation Commission, 20th Anniversary Committee and the Community Events Commission prior to being elected.
For 2017, Elaine serves as Co-Chair on the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee, and is Council Liaison to the Senior Citizens' Committee, Sports Advisory Committee, and Youth Committee. She also serves on the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) Economic Development and the City's CDBG\Grants Ad-Hoc Committees. At the regional level, Elaine serves as the City's representative on the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board and South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee. She is also the City's alternate on the Coastal Greenbelt Authority and Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).
Elaine was born in Brooklyn, New York, raised in Reseda, California, and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Northridge. Presently, Elaine is a LPL Financial Advisor with Basdakis Wealth Management Group, a financial planning and investment management firm.
As a Council Member, Elaine’s vision for the City is to preserve the high quality of life for all Laguna Niguel residents. She is committed to ensuring that Laguna Niguel remains one of the safest cities in California where people can raise a family or start a business. A fiscal conservative, Elaine is dedicated to being a responsible steward of taxpayer dollars and is a strong proponent of openness and transparency in city government. She is dedicated to supporting programs for children and senior citizens and looks forward to working with her colleagues on the completion of improvements at Crown Valley Community Park.
A long-time resident of Laguna Niguel, Elaine has dedicated much of her life to community service. She is currently a member and past-President of the Laguna Niguel Woman’s Club and a charter member of the American Legion Auxiliary Laguna Niguel Unit 281. She is one of the founding members of the Laguna Niguel Historical Society and a current member and past President of the Rotary Club of Laguna Niguel. Elaine has been actively involved with the Laguna Niguel Chamber of Commerce and served on the Executive Board for the National Association of Women Business Owners, Orange County Chapter (NAWBO-OC).
In 2004, Elaine was named the Laguna Niguel Citizen of the Year in recognition of her many years of dedicated community service.