Member: Margaret E.


Margaret E.






Council Member Finlay has been a member of the Duarte City Council since 1990 and has served as mayor for five terms. As a member of SCAG’s Regional Council, she represents the cities of Sierra Madre, Monrovia, Arcadia, Temple City, Bradbury, San Marino, Duarte and San Gabriel for Regional Council District 35. She has chaired the Community, Economic & Human Development Committee for the past two years, and also serves on the Legislative and Audit committees. She also serves on a number of boards and commissions, including the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission and on the Executive Committee of the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority. She is also a past president of the California Contract Cities Association and has served on the Board of Directors for the National League of Cities and the League of California Cities.​

  • Four-term mayor
  • Married to Brad for 34 years, with 5 children all having graduated from Duarte High School.  One son, James, has returned to do his residency in Lab Animal Medicine and PhD at the City of Hope.
  • Executive Committee of the California Contract Cities 14 years
  • Economic Development in the past year - Best Buy, generating sales tax dollars for citizen services
  • New Fresh and Easy Store for added shopping convenience.
  • New soundwall on the south side of the freeway, protecting DHS and Northview and Westminster Gardens from aggravating freeway noise
  • Chairperson for the successful 1998 Measure B School Bond Campaign that is improving aging Duarte Schools
  • Over the past 5 years, sales tax revenues increased by $1.5 million or 65%
  • Expanded Senior Citizen transportation and more warm meals delivered to household Seniors
  • Duarte was named as a Finalist in the Duarte All-America City Competition
  • A partnership with the Feds for an enlarged post office parking lot
  • A new city website that provides a comprehensive list of city information and services
  • Cablecasting the City Council meetings for better communication
  • Crime statistics that have dropped 38%
  • B.B.A. in Marketing, 1975, St. Mary’s College , Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Master’s in Public Administration, 2000, Cal State Long Beach
  • Doctoral work at Claremont Graduate University
  • Harvard University - Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program- 2004
  • Adjunct Professor - Policy Analysis Courses in MPA program at CSU, Long Beach
  • International Speaker on Municipal Government in Melbourne, Australia, June 2005
  • Speaker at different colleges at Azusa Pacific and Fullerton College
  • Los Angeles County LAFCO Commissioner, Elected 2005
  • Community Redevelopment Agency (a housing and community development agency) 15 yrs, Chairperson for 4 yrs.
  • Three-term Mayor of Duarte
  • League of California Cities, State Board of Directors, 4yrs.
  • National League of Cities, Board of Directors, 2 yrs.
  • National League of Cities, Small Cities Council Steering Committee, Chairperson (2000-2001)
  • National League of Cities Program Chair, Congress of Cities, December 2005
  • Institute for Local Government (research in government), League of California Cities Board Liaison
  • California Contract Cities Association, President (2004-2005)
  • California Joint Powers Insurance Authority, Executive Committee, 9yrs.
  • San Gabriel Valley Vector Control District, 14yrs, President (2yrs)
  • Los Angeles County Sanitation District, Board of Directors & Personnel Committee, 10 yrs.
  • L.A. County Library Commission, Legislative Chair, 8 yrs.
  • L.A. County Sheriff’s Liability Trust Fund Board
  • State Committee on Ethics in Government
  • Planning Commissioner
  • Traffic and Safety Commissioner
  • Duarte Education Foundation (serving the community education needs for low-to-moderate income students) President, 8 yrs.
  • Royal Oaks PTA (President)
  • Volunteer Guide for Tournament of Roses Floats
  • Church Youth Leader
  • Pi Alpha Alpha (National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Aminstration)
  • Phi Kappa Phi (National Honor Socitety)
  • 4.0 GPA Graduation Award in the MPA Program at CSULB-2000







Margaret E. Finlay


Created at 8/9/2013 6:24 PM by Lisa B. Grundy
Last modified at 5/6/2015 9:07 AM by Ludlow Brown