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MEET MICHELLE 

 
Community • Experience • Leadership   

Hi, I am Michelle Keldorf. My husband Chris and I have lived in El Segundo for 12 years and are raising our three sons in this great community. You can usually find us walking miles around town, on Brett Field, or in the stands on a pool deck.

 

While Chris grew up in El Segundo, my road here was more intentional. I was raised in Central Florida in a fairly rural town — 20 minutes from a grocery store and 45 minutes from school, sports, and my closest friends. From an early age, I understood the impact of our physical environment on our personal interactions. And I knew that, as an adult, I would choose to build a life in a community defined by its accessibility and community connectivity. I feel incredibly fortunate that my path led me to El Segundo. 

 

In 1999, I graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Economics and a minor in Political Economy and was a 4-year Varsity swimmer. After a few years working for a government affairs firm in New York, I returned to graduate school. In 2004, I earned a joint Master of Business Administration and Master of City and Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The allure of the West Coast and a job opportunity with a community-focused housing developer brought me to the South Bay.

 

Over the next two decades, I put down roots in El Segundo: I grew my family as I built a career in real estate. I have led acquisition and planning efforts for a number of community-focused developers meeting the needs of individuals and families at various life stages – from mixed- use, multi-family, and single-family homes to senior and affordable housing.

 

For the past four years, I have served on the El Segundo Planning Commission. In this time, I have gained a much deeper understanding and appreciation for the inner workings of our city government and the future demands on our public infrastructure. 

 

El Segundo, much like other communities in Southern California, will face an unprecedented challenge in meeting the State’s housing mandates over the next decade. However, few communities share our robust commercial base and our small town character. This notable combination is both our identifying feature and our unique privilege.

 

Strong communities do not happen by accident. I am running for City Council because the challenges and opportunities over the next decade are significant and powerful voices are required for our vibrant town to continue to thrive. I believe we must be proactive in our approach, and I am committed to facilitating open community dialogue.

 

My key positions reflect my background in community development and experiences as a resident, Planning Commissioner and parent in El Segundo. I want everyone to be able to enjoy the safety, vitality and long term stability of our town. I look forward to getting to know many of you better and am committed to making the future of El Segundo the best it can be.

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“I am running for City Council because the challenges and opportunities over the next decade are significant and powerful voices are required for our vibrant town to continue to thrive. I believe we must be proactive in our approach, and I am committed to facilitating open community dialogue.”

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