Liz Reilly was raised and educated in Utica, New York where her parents had emigrated from Poland after World War II. Liz graduated from the State University of New York with a degree in Management and the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Nutrition. Shortly after, she moved to Hollywood, California where she began her career as Clinical Dietitian at Hollywood Community Hospital, and then as Chief Dietitian for the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. From there, Liz held various positions including regional dietitian for Mannings, a food service company, food service director for Alhambra Community Hospital, and manager of the Tearoom for Bullock’s Pasadena before leaving the workforce to raise her family. Liz moved to Duarte in 1987 with her husband to raise their two daughters. After her husband, the late Edward Reilly, passed away, Liz began the position she holds today as an RSP Instructional Aide at Valley View Elementary School.
Liz’s two daughters Beth and Kate attended Valley View, Northview, and Duarte High before graduating from Northwestern University and USC, respectively.
As a Duarte resident and mom, Liz was highly involved with local community and school groups. When her daughter, Kate, started preschool, Liz began volunteering in the classroom as a room mother and was appointed as the Head Start representative to LACOE from Andres Duarte School. Other volunteer activities included:
Liz was, also, a MALDEF Parent School Partnership trainer at Duarte High. Currently, Liz serves as Parliamentarian for the Duarte Council of PTAs and Financial Director for the Duarte Booster Organization.
She considers it an honor to have been elected to the Duarte City Council and to have the opportunity to serve the Duarte community. Liz wants to create an economic environment that attracts new businesses, supports existing businesses, and brings tax revenue, sales, and jobs to Duarte.
Liz feels that the business of the city council is to be involved in all aspects of the city, and she says, “I intend to do just that.”
Currently, Liz serves as Chairman of the Cities Select Committee for California Contract Cities Association, Duarte representative on the Goldline Phase II, Joint Powers Authority Board, and Director of District 15 with the LA County Sanitation District.
Liz feels that reading is the gateway to all learning and on the first Tuesday of the month, she reads to children at the Duarte Public Library. Monthly Liz holds “What's Happening in Duarte” at the Senior Center to learn about their needs and listen to what seniors have to say.