Elaine M. Spaull Ph.D., JD
East District Councilmember
42 Westminster Rd.
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 30 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 sits on the boards of the Memorial Art Gallery, the Foundation of the Monroe County Bar Association, the ViaHealth Services board and Rochester General Hospital, The Finger Lakes Film Board, the Monroe County Youth 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. 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.
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 Berkeley, California, and her son Matthew, a recent graduate of Denison University in Granville, Ohio, now living and working in Oakland, California.
Dr. Spaull served as Vice President of City Council from 2009 through 2011. She currently serves as the chairperson for the Arts and Culture in the Center City committee.