Stephanie Oddo is an experienced leader and compassionate resident of Laguna Niguel running to be your councilmember. She is a mother, entrepreneur, former public servant, and lifelong community volunteer.
Stephanie founded Healthcare Mask Collaborative (HMC) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, using her lifetime of public service experience to help our community. HMC has distributed over 46,000 cloth masks to 150 organizations, including nonprofits, healthcare organizations, first responders and our military, such as the OC Sheriff’s Department, Camp Pendleton, and USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam.
Stephanie is a longtime resident of Laguna Niguel, and has been an active member of the community. Stephanie spearheaded 2 major projects that are still in practice today right here in Laguna Niguel: a free dental clinic that serves about 100 people annually and a global grant to purchase medical equipment to train doctors abroad. She was the President of the Class of 2012 Laguna Niguel Citizens Academy and the former President of the Rotary Club of Laguna Niguel. She was proud to represent Laguna Niguel Rotary at the District level (Orange County and Long Beach) as 2015-17 Chair of International Service. In 2019, Stephanie founded the Observer Corps through the local League of Women Voters; she trained, inspired and empowered volunteers to observe 7 city governments and 4 county boards here in Orange County.
Before Stephanie and her husband moved to Laguna Niguel to raise their family, Stephanie served as the youngest-ever elected councilmember in the town of Belleair, Florida. She helped guide the town through the 2008 Recession while maintaining a no debt policy, led an ad-hoc team to analyze police issues which resulted in a better performing police department and was appointed unanimously to the Pinellas County Planning Council. The Clearwater Chamber of Commerce recommended her to co-lead a state ballot land-use initiative, which was ultimately successful.
Stephanie has enjoyed being an involved mom with her now two high school students. Stephanie served as a Laguna Niguel Girl Scout leader for 4 years, coached Laguna Niguel Youth Soccer, was a Laguna Niguel Little League team mom and has volunteered in multiple leadership and volunteer positions at her children’s schools.
Holding a B.A. from Penn State University and an M.A. from San Diego State University, Stephanie worked as a public relations and web consultant for local, federal and state government, non-profits and businesses. She is also a CA DRPA trained court mediator. As your councilmember, she vows to use her experience and compassion to serve all residents of Laguna Niguel.