Born in 1956 in what was then called south-central Los Angeles, Stewart witnessed the radical beginning of the civil rights movement at a very young age. He was nine years old when the Fournier family of four moved to Culver City in 1965, just six months before the Watts riots.
In 1965, the family moved to the Marina Del Rey/Culver City area, one of the world's most culturally diverse places. Graduating from Culver City High in 1974, he attended the newly established West Los Angeles College and transferred to U.C.L.A and obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science. His first exposure to official government functions occurred when he was a student worker for Los Angeles County Harbor Department, working in Marina Del Rey during his college days.
In 1981 after working for a prestigious law firm in Century City, he created a courier/messenger/attorney service organization that was in operation for over 20 years. He met payroll for well over 400 employees and serviced thousands of customers, including Fortune 500 companies. In the early 2000s, his passion switched from management ownership to a more individual entrepreneur career as a real estate consultant, which remains his current profession. He and his wife Randi have been active real estate consultants for over 21 years.
In 1974 Stewart took a job at Zeppy's pizza on the pier and fell in love with Manhattan Beach. Coincidently, his father took on a career in the town two years later, and the family moved to Manhattan Beach in 1977.
From 1981 until the present, Stewart's engagement in volunteer community leadership is near without comparison, given the decades and diversity of organizations he has been a part of for the last 42 years. Few citizens have held leadership positions in our Health, Education, Business, Leadership, Government Administration, and Public Safety sectors for decades as he has. You can see a partial list of his history on the "Community Leadership" summary page.
Currently, he and his wife Randi of 15 years (Past City Commissioner and present Rotarian) and daughter, a Mira Costa High School student, are grateful residents of Manhattan Beach. The family has been immersed in local soccer and lacrosse clubs for over a decade.
Stewart's 50-year work history and his 42-plus-year city leadership are only partially why he has decided to run.
Stewart Fournier is running for the Manhattan Beach City Council because our evolved and welcoming citizens need a strong voice. A voice whose leadership experience communicates this town's true resolve to share inclusive values for everyone no matter who you are or where you come from. He has seen and made it work for 45 years in our community and knows it can be played forward even more. He is passionate about an inclusive, collaborative vision which has always been a Manhattan Beach leadership hallmark.