Sandy Genis grew up in Costa Mesa, and graduated from Estancia High School and Stanford University. She is a professional land use planner, with special expertise in the areas of environmental analysis and housing.
She first served on the Costa Mesa City Council from 1988 to 1996 and afterwards remained active in community groups.
Sandy served on the Orange County Housing Commission, the Southern California Association of Government Regional Council, the Orange County Animal Care Community Outreach Committee, and the Southern California Commission on Air Quality and the Economy.
In the years from 1996 to 2012, Sandy Genis focused on volunteer work with private organizations. She could be counted on to attend a City Council meeting to speak on issues related to the Orange County Fairgrounds or Fairview Park .
Sandy has fought to keep Fairview Park natural for decades.
Sandy Genis was a founding board member of Orange County Friends of Harbors, Beaches and Parks and the Orange County Fairgrounds Preservation Society (OCFPS). In fact, it was Sandy’s hundreds of hours of work to save the Orange County Fairgrounds as president of OCFPS that led to her return to the Costa Mesa City Council in 2012.
Sandy Genis saw the need for community oriented leaders with deep roots in the community and deep commitment to serving the people of Costa Mesa first.
Sandy was elected to the Costs Mesa City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.