Elizabeth "Beth" Swift

FOR BUENA PARK CITY COUNCIL

Education and Credentials


  • Doctor of Education, Educational Leadership; University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

  • Master of Arts, Education/School Administration; Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA

  • Bachelor of Arts, Home Economics/History; California State University, Long Beach, CA

  • Lifetime Secondary Teacher’s Credential—Home Economics, History, and Social Science

  • School Administrator’s Credential


  • Elected Experience


    Buena Park City Council


  • City Council Member; first elected November 2010; Mayor in 2013; Mayor Pro Tem in 2012;

  • Represent Buena Park in the following organizations:

  • Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA)—Member of Board of Directors
  • -Chair of Finance/Budget Committee

    -Capital Improvement Plan Committee Member

    -Executive Committee Member

    -Claims Settlement Committee Member


  • California League of Cities—Employee Relations Committee Member

  • League of California Cities/Orange County Division (LOC-OC)—District 4 Representative
  • -LOC-OC Representative to Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG)



  • Association of California Cities-Orange County (ACC-OC)
  • -Pension Reform Committee Member



  • St Jude Hospital Community Benefit Committee


  • Anaheim Union High School District Education Foundation Board of Directors

  • Governing Board Member, Buena Park School District


  • 31 years (1979 to 2010)

  • Board President—seven 1-year terms

  • Board Clerk—five 1-year terms


  • Professional Experience


  • Adjunct Assistant Professor, Hope International University, College of Education, (2010 to present)

  • Educator, Fullerton Joint Union High School District, (1989-2002; and 2003-2010 at Buena Park and La Habra High Schools)

  • Teacher (15 subjects—most recently AP World History, Economics, American Government)
  • Dean of Attendance
  • Title I Coordinator
  • Advisement Coordinator
  • Mentor Teacher
  • Advanced Academics Academy Coordinator/Honors Coordinator Activities Director
  • Parent Information Meeting Coordinator
  • Club Advisor

  • Assistant Principal, Anaheim Union High School District, (2002-2003)

  • Community Involvement


  • Buena Park School District Education Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Buena Park Collaborative
  • Buena Park Rotary Club
  • Buena Park Historical Society, Lifetime Member
  • Buena Park Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Committee, President/Chair
  • Buena Park Christ Community Church
  • Acacia Quilt Guild of Orange County, Secretary

  • Personal Data


  • Lifetime resident of Buena Park
  • Married to Greg Swift since 1970
  • Four daughters (Maggie, Erin, Katie, Anna), 4 sons-in-law, 12 grandchildren
  • Hobbies—sewing, quilting, gardening, interior design, golf, walks with Greg, playing with grandchildren
  • Breast cancer conqueror—since August 2009

  • Honors and Awards


  • "Donna Bagley--Women in Leadership" Award, Buena Park Women’s Club (2013)
  • Assemblyman Tony Mendoza "56th District Woman of the Year for Buena Park" (2012)
  • Rotarian of the Year, Buena Park Rotary Club (2011)
  • “Marion Bergeson Outstanding School Board Member Award,” Orange County School Board Association (2008)
  • “Distinguished Teacher,” Rotary Club of Buena Park (2008)
  • “Teacher of the Year,” Buena Park High School (2008)
  • "District Teacher of the Year,” Fullerton Joint Union High School District (2008)
  • “Citizen of the Year,” Rotary Club of Buena Park (2006)
  • “Honored Teacher,” Department of Education, California State University Fullerton (2006)