Liz Reilly was elected to the Duarte City Council in 2011 and re- elected in 2015. She served as Mayor in 2013 and Mayor pro tem in 2011, 2012, and 2018. She considers it an honor to have been elected to the Duarte City Council and to have the privilege and opportunity to serve the Duarte community.
Liz strives to create an economic environment that attracts new businesses, supports existing businesses, and brings tax revenue, sales, and jobs to Duarte. Being fiscally conservative, she believes it essential that our money is spent prudently and equitably where it will impact our community the most.
In an effort to promote a supportive environment and insure business satisfaction, Liz re-energized the Business Visitations Program where representatives from the Duarte Chamber of Commerce, SGV Economic Partnership, and the City of Duarte visit local businesses.
As Mayor, Liz launched the “Ramp Up Duarte” Program that provides ramps to senior residents who want to remain living in their own home, but are unable to navigate their stairs in and out.
Liz has a special place in her heart for persons with intellectual disabilities, and while she was Mayor, she initiated the collaboration that led to Duarte hosting the Special Olympics athletes from South Africa during the International Special Olympics Games held in Los Angeles.
To insure that none of our residents were forgotten, Liz fought to expand the Duarte Youth & Family Master Plan to include “Serving Senior Citizens” as an additional theme, moving the community towards enhancing programs and services for seniors.
Locally, Liz serves as a member of the Community Mediation Team, SGV Consortium on Homelessness, Foothill Family Advisory Board, SGV Spa 3 Mental Health Committee, Mt. Sierra Advisory Committee, and the Duarte Chamber of Commerce Workforce Development and Education Committee. She is also a board member of the Duarte Historical Museum.
Regionally, Liz is a delegate to the LA County Library Commission, serves on the Executive Board of the California Contract Cities Association, and was appointed to the Solid Waste Management Committee / Integrated Waste Management Task Force by the League of California Cities, Los Angeles County Division.
A committed steward of our environment, she serves as Vice-Chair of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Committee, represents the foothill cities on the San Gabriel Mountains Community Collaborative of the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, and was appointed by Governor Brown to the Rivers and Mountains Conservancy.
Liz wants to be accessible and available to Duarte residents and to understand their issues and concerns. To that end, quarterly on the fourth Saturday of the month in January, April, July, and October, Liz has “Coffee and Conversation” at the Duarte Public Library from 10am to noon. And on the second Monday of each month, she holds her “What’s Happening in Duarte” at the Duarte Senior Center at 12:30pm.
Liz attends Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Monrovia, and is a member of their Parish Council.
In 1987, Liz moved to Duarte with her husband, the late, Edward Reilly, and their two daughters. Her daughters, Beth and Kate, attended Valley View, Northview, and Duarte High School before graduating from Northwestern University and USC, respectively.
When her youngest daughter began Kindergarten at Valley View, so did Liz. She accepted the position of RSP Instructional Aide at Valley View Elementary School, which she held for 27 years. “Working every day with my special students was a joy and a Blessing.”
As a Duarte resident and mom, Liz has been highly involved with local community and school groups, especially PTA and the Duarte Falcon Booster Club. Her involvement began when her daughter, Kate, started Head Start Preschool. Liz began volunteering in the classroom and was appointed as the Head Start representative to LA County Office of Education from Andres Duarte School.
Liz has also served as First District PTA, Treasurer; DUSD Community Education Council, Chairman; MALDEF, Parent School Partnership trainer at Duarte High; and Duarte Council of PTAs, Parliamentarian.
Over the years, Liz has been the recipients of extensive awards for her volunteer activities commitment:
Liz Reilly was raised and educated in Utica, New York where her parents, Anna and Stanley Nowak, emigrated from Poland after World War II.
Liz graduated from the State University of New York at Morrisville with a degree in Management and the University of Oklahoma with a BA in Nutrition. She is a Registered Dietitian, having received her RD certification from Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Following graduation, Liz moved to Hollywood, California and soon after, began her career as Chief Dietitian for Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage. She has held various positions in her field, including, Regional Dietitian for Mannings, a food service company; Dietitian Consultant to retirement homes; Food Service Director at Alhambra Community Hospital; and Manager of the Tearoom and Candy Department for Bullock’s Pasadena, before leaving the workforce to raise her family.