Mayor Elaine Gennawey
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. In 2018, Elaine served as the Mayor of Laguna Niguel and in December 2020 served as the Mayor Pro Tem in Laguna Niguel. In November 2021, Elaine was selected by the City Council to serve as Mayor for a one-year term.
Mayor Gennawey served as Co-Chair of the Laguna Niguel Military Support Committee from 2015 to 2020, and is currently Council Liaison to the Parks and Recreation Commission, Senior Citizens’ Committee, Youth Committee, Capistrano Unified School District, and Economic Recovery/COVID-19 Committee. She also serves on the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) Economic Development and was elected as Chair of the ACC-OC Legislative and Regulatory Committee. Additionally, Elaine serves on our City’s Crown Valley Park Master Plan Ad-Hoc Committee. At the regional level, Elaine serves as the Chair of the Orange County Public Library Advisory Board and also as the Chair of the Orange County Senior Citizens Advisory Council, both of which are advisory bodies to the Orange County Board of Supervisors.
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 and Partner with Stratos Wealth Partners, Ltd, a financial planning and investment management firm.
Mayor Gennawey'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 family 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 eight years. The couple have three grown children, Raymond, Nicole and Lauren.