Mayor Brian Goodell
Brian Goodell is a native Californian who moved to Mission Viejo in 1968 with his family. He graduated from Linda Vista Elementary School, La Paz Intermediate, Mission Viejo High School, and UCLA. Brian was a member of the world-famous Mission Viejo Nadadores swim team and became the first Olympic Gold Medalist from Mission Viejo, breaking two world records while winning two Gold Medals at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal. 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. Brian won the Congressional Gold Medal of Achievement as a member of the 1980 USA Olympic Men’s Swimming Team that boycotted the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
The citizens elected Brian to the Mission Viejo City Council in 2016, and he has served as a council member, Mayor Pro Tem, and Mayor in 2020, and he was re-elected to serve as Mayor in 2023. Brian led the city with distinction during the outbreak of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Notable accomplishments under Brian’s leadership include:
- Acquiring the Oso Creek Golf Course and open space,
- Developing new parks and recreation facilities,
- Enhancing public safety by adding more school resource officers, and
- Acquiring “The Mart” building to further the Community Core Vision Plan.
Brian and his wife Vicki have been married for 38 years and raised their three sons in Mission Viejo. All are alumni of Mission Viejo High School. They have five grandchildren. Brian and Vicki own The Gold Medal Group Inc., REALTORS® with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services, California Properties. They have helped countless families buy and sell homes in the area. Brian has developed many properties over the past 38 years, including Rancho Santa Margarita, where he worked for ten years as the Director of Business Properties.
Brian participates in several charitable organizations in the community. He is a member of the Benevolent Order of the Elks, a former President of the Orange County Youth Sports Foundation, and a member of St. Killian’s Catholic Church.
Brian looks forward to guiding the city in economic development, conservative fiscal controls, and enhanced public safety. He serves on the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, the Southern California Council of Governments Regional Council, the Orange County Council of Governments Board of Directors, the South Orange County Watershed Management Area Executive Committee, and he chairs the city’s Economic Development Committee, and the Olympic Sports Promotion Ad Hoc Committee.