Councilmember Elaine Spaull, East District


Councilwoman Elaine Spaull

Elaine M. Spaull Ph.D., JD
East District Councilmember 
17 Sibley Place, #200 
Rochester, NY 14607
(585) 271- 6665
Executive Director Center for Youth
BA, George Washington University
JD, SUNY Buffalo
Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo 

Elaine Spaull is a native Rochesterian who was pleased to return to her hometown to raise her family and support her community. Dr. Spaull is an educator, a lawyer, a consultant, a Fulbright scholar, a speaker and a writer - but most of all, she is a youth advocate. Elaine earned an undergraduate degree in English Literature from George Washington University, a master's degree from Georgetown University, a doctoral degree in Philosophy and Higher Education and law degree from the University of Buffalo.

Dr. Spaull has lived a remarkable life -  both personally and professionally. She served as Associate Vice President at the Rochester Institute of Technology, practiced corporate and tax law at Nixon Peabody, teaches for the SUNY Buffalo Law School and RIT, and currently serves as the Executive Director at The Center for Youth. In this position, which she describes as the most important work she has done, Elaine is responsible for the administration of a youth-centered organization founded more than 40 years ago by a group of teenagers. The legacy of those original youth and their dreams of having a place for kids to go where they would be free to express their opinions and share their dreams, continues to drive the mission and philosophy of The Center for Youth.

In her spare time, Dr. Spaull teaches and lectures. She was a founding member of the Friends of the Women's Rights National Park in Seneca Falls and The Rochester Fringe Festival and sits on the boards of the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar Association, the ViaHealth Services Board, The Finger Lakes Film Board, the Monroe County Youth Board, The Rochester Riverside Convention Center Board, The Western New York Legal Aid Board, the Monroe County Child Advocacy Council and the Rochester -  Monroe County Youth Board, advising the Monroe County Youth Bureau.  She has served on the United Way Cabinet as Chair of the Individual Subscriber Division and has served on the cabinet of the Campaign for Justice, an initiative designed to raise funds for public interest law in Monroe County, along with the Boards of the Memorial Art Gallery and Rochester General Hospital.  As part of her on- going commitment to youth advocacy, she co- chaired the Youth Services Quality Council, a 60 member coalition of youth- serving agencies and served in a leadership role on Mayor Johnson's Anti-Violence Work Team and Mayor Duffy's Youth Transition Team.

Councilmember Spaull currently serves on the Joseph A. Floreano Rochester Riverside Convention Center Board and the Rochester Library Board as the Council representative. Additionally, she has been named to serve as President and Board Chair of Peace Village, the newly created homeless encampment in Rochester. Spaull is also honored to serve on Rochester Regional Health's Behavioral Health Board.

Personally, Elaine is especially blessed to have a supportive and loving family, including her husband, Malcolm, a professor and filmmaker at RIT, her daughter Maya, who is a fair trade certifier in San Francisco, California, and her son Matthew, a graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, now living and working in Rochester as a filmmaker. Elaine is a grandmother to Gemma Rose and Boden.

Dr. Spaull served as Vice President of City Council from 2009 through 2011. She currently serves as the Chairperson for the Arts and Culture Committee and is a member of the Parks and Public Works Committee.