Elena Guardiola Spottswood of Key West was born in Havana, Cuba to Cuban born parents Felix A. Guardiola and Elena Plana de Guardiola. She came to the U.S. as an exile in 1961 and grew up in Miami, Florida as one of eight siblings. She considers herself a moderate Catholic Republican. She attended many schools in Dade County, both public and parochial, received her AA degree from Miami Dade Community College, and graduated from FIU with a degree in Criminal Justice. Elena worked as a legal secretary for Taylor, Brion, Buker, Hames, Whitworth & Greene on Brickell Avenue for ten years. She married Robert Spottswood in 1980, and they have two sons (Robert, Jr., and Philip) and two daughters (Elaine and Mary Anne), ages 25-31. They lived in Coral Gables until they moved to Key West in 1992. She presently resides in Downtown Key West. She is a homemaker and community Volunteer. Elena is passionate about family and serving her community. She belongs to The Lunch Bunch and The Bridge Buddies in Key West and presently sits on the Board of Keys to be the Change, San Carlos Institute, Board of Trustees of Florida Keys Community College, Harry’s Girls (part of Harry Truman’s Little White House), Florida Keys Community College Foundation Board and Fundraising Board. She is a parishioner at The Basilica of St. Mary, Star of the Sea, a member of the Republican Party of Monroe County, and Founding President of the Key West Symphony Orchestra n/k/a South Florida Symphony Orchestra. She previously sat on the Board of PACE School for Girls and Safeport.