Elaine Paul Schaefer was elected to Delaware County Council in November of 2019 and sworn in on January 6, 2020 to serve a four-year term.
Elaine has lived in the Newtown Square section of Radnor for over twenty years, where she and her husband John raised their three children. She is an attorney with a background in non-profit management and environmental advocacy. Elaine received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her law degree from William and Mary.
In addition to serving on County Council, Elaine currently serves as the Executive Director of the Schuylkill River Greenways National Heritage Area. She served eight years as an elected Commissioner in Radnor Township, and was President of the Board for three of those years. Before joining Radnor’s board, Elaine co-founded the Radnor Conservancy, where she served as Executive Director and President and focused on developing a conservation easement program and protecting the last remaining farm in Radnor, Ardrossan. Elaine ran for Pennsylvania state representative for the 165th District in 2016.
Elaine has served on many local and regional boards, including the Radnor League of Women Voters Board, the Delaware County Conservation District, the Radnor Educational Foundation Board, the Conservation Voters of PA Board, the Circuit Trail Steering Committee, the 9/11 National Memorial Trail Board, the TriCounty Chamber of Commerce Board, the Heritage PA Executive Board and the Alliance of National Heritage Areas Board.