Councilwoman Erica Pezold and her husband, Eric Pezold, an attorney at Snell & Wilmer LLP, and their three children have been residents of Laguna Hills for over ten years. Erica served as an HOA board of directors and volunteered for organizations such as the Constitutional Rights Foundation, LNYSA, Working Wardrobes, and others. Erica turned down an opportunity to enter into a doctoral program in psychology and decided to focus on her family, her small business, and her community.
Erica wasted no time improving the City; she started by creating council member offices and co-authored Laguna Hills' campaign finance law. Erica organized Laguna Hills' first business meeting connecting the City and the businesses and added City announcements to the agenda. Erica demonstrated ingenuity by adding video messaging to the City, including quarterly reports from the Sheriff's Services, and designating a prescription drop-off site at the Civic Center.
As a strong community supporter, Erica co-created with the Laguna Hills Chamber of Commerce their annual Holiday Light Extravaganza; she also structured a partnership with the Chamber of Commerce that included office space at the Civic Center. She filled the Community Center with activities during the winter holiday months and brought Movies in the Park to city residents. In addition, Erica felt it essential to revitalize the LH on the hillside and championed the idea to the Council.