NEW MAYOR BRIAN GOODELL
Mayor Brian Goodell is a long-time resident of Mission Viejo. He is a graduate of Linda Vista Elementary, La Paz Intermediate, Mission Viejo High School and UCLA.
Brian was one of the original members of the Mission Viejo Nadadores swimming and diving team, and was the first person from Mission Viejo to win an Olympic Gold Medal, winning both the 1500-meter and 400-meter freestyle swimming events in world-record time at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal.
Brian set 15 World and American records and won 19 US National and NCAA titles. He was inducted into the International Swimming Hall of Fame, the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame, the Orange County Sports Hall of Fame and the Saddleback Valley Unified School District Hall of Fame, and he was awarded the nation’s highest civilian honor, the United States Congressional Gold Medal by President Jimmy Carter.
Brian and his wife, Vicki (also a Mission Viejo H.S. graduate), have been married for 35 years and own The Gold Medal Group Inc., a real estate sales and development company that is affiliated with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, and is based in Mission Viejo.
Mayor Goodell is the City’s representative for the League of California Cities (LOCC), the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority (CJPIA), and the Southern Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee. He also serves on the Standing Economic Development Committee, and the Olympic Sports Promotion Ad Hoc Committee. He is the alternate for the Transportation Corridor Agencies Board of Directors.