Elected to the Laguna Niguel City Council on November 4, 2014, Mayor 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 2018, Elaine serves as Co-Chair on the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee, and is Council Liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Senior Citizens' Committee and Youth Committee. She also serves on the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) Economic Development, Water and Legislative Committees, and the City/CDBG Grants, Crown Valley Park Master Plan and Economic Development Ad-Hoc Committees. At the regional level, Elaine serves as the Vice Chair of the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board and the City's representative on the South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee and Capistrano Unified School District. Elaine has been appointed by the Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Orange County Senior Citizens Advisory Council.
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 Stratos Wealth Partners, Ltd, a financial planning and investment management firm.
As Mayor, 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.
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.
Elaine has been married to Ray Gennawey for thirty-six years. The couple have three grown children, Raymond, Nicole and Lauren.