Who is Eleni Kounalakis?
Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis is an American diplomat, businesswoman, and politician. She has served as the 50th lieutenant governor of California since January 2019. She served as the United States Ambassador to Hungary from 2010 to 2013. She is a Democratic.
|Full Name||Eleni Tsakopoulos Kounalakis|
|Nick Name||Eleni Kounalakis|
|Date of Birth||March 3, 1966|
|Age||54 years old|
|Birth Place||Sacramento, California, U.S.|
|Father Name||Angelo Tsakopoulos|
|Education||Dartmouth College (BA)University of California, Berkeley (MBA)|
|Net Worth||$150 Million|
|Social Media||Twitter / Facebook / Instagram|
Eleni Kounalakis Age, Birthday
Eleni Kounalakis was born on March 3, 1966, in Sacramento, California, U.S. She is fifty-four years old as of October 2020. She celebrates her birthday on the 3rd of March, each year.
Eleni Kounalakis Family
Eleni Kounalakis was born in Sacramento, California. Angelo Tsakopoulos is her father. Information about her mother is not revealed yet. Her uncle, George Tsakopoulas was a prominent real estate developer and the founder of Tsakopoulos Investments in Sacramento. Her father was the founder of AKT Development Corporation where Eleni was the President.
Eleni Kounalakis Education
Eleni Kounalakis graduated from Dartmouth College in 1989. She earned her MBA from the University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business in 1992. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the American College of Greece in 2011.
Eleni Kounalakis Career
After graduation, Eleni Kounalakis began her career as a real estate developer in AKT Development. She also served for 10 years as a Trustee of the World Council of Religions for Peace. She was awarded for her work, the WCRP, with the medal of St. Paul which is the Greek Orthodox Church of America’s highest honor. She was appointed as a Trustee of the War Memorial and Performing Arts Center by Gavin Newsom, Mayor of San Francisco. She was also appointed to serve on the Port Commission Board.
Eleni Kounalakis began her political career when she was just appointed as U.S. Ambassador to Hungary by President Barack Obama. Eleni was sworn into office on 7th January 2010. She served as an ambassador from 2010 to 2013.
Eleni Kounalakis served four times as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She was also a member of the California State Democratic Central Committee. Eleni served as a member of the California Blue Ribbon Commission and the First 5 California Commission on Autism. She worked as a Trustee of Robert Redford’s Sundance Preserve. And she also worked on the Conservation Fund’s National Forum on Children and Nature. She also serves as a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group.
Eleni Kounalakis announced her candidacy for the Lieutenant Governor of California for the 2018 election on April 24, 2017. On June 5, 2018, she won the primary election. Kounalakis was elected receiving 56.6% of the vote, as Lieutenant Governor along with Gavin Newsom as Governor on November 6, 2018. She took office on January 7, 2019. Eleni Kounalakis was the first female to be elected as Lt. Governor in California history.
Eleni Kounalakis Husband, Children
Eleni Kounalakis married Markos Kounalakis, a Greek-American journalist, author, and scholar. Eleni and Markos have two children together, both sons named Neo and Eon.
Eleni Kounalakis Net Worth
Eleni Kounalakis has an estimated net worth of about $150 Million.
Eleni Kounalakis Social Media Accounts
Youtube: Eleni Kounalakis
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