Mayor Lilia R. Leon is a long time Commerce resident. Leon graduated from Bell Gardens High School and received an Associate of Arts Degree in Accounting from East Los Angeles College. In addition, holds a Certificate in Executive Education in Public Policy from USC Sole Price School of Public Policy. She brings to the position more than 40 years of experience working in administrative and financial positions.
Mayor Leon was first elected to the Commerce City Council in November 1998 and served as Mayor from 1999-2000 designating her as the last Mayor of the Century and new Mayor of the Millennium. During that time, Mayor Leon led the City Council in adopting a resolution encouraging the creation a mentor program to benefit Commerce Youth.
She maintained an active role as Chairperson for the Education Commission from 2002-2008. Mayor Leon established the College Fair, providing an opportunity for the youth of Commerce to acquire first hand opportunities and resources to attend Universities. The College Fair just celebrated its 10th anniversary where over 1,000 participants were in attendance.
Mayor Leon was re-elected in 2008, 2009 and 2013 and has, over the years, forged strong networks with both business and community leaders alike. A long-time supporter of the Commerce Industrial Council, she has been an integral part of the partnerships established with many companies in Commerce.
Mayor Leon attributes her community involvement to her participation in the Jaycees (Junior Chamber of Commerce), whose motto is "Individual Growth through Community Service." Mayor Leon's efforts have earned her statewide recognition by the Junior Chamber of Commerce, as well as the honor of receiving her International Senatorship #54729. Mayor Leon is a graduate of HOPE (Hispanas Organized for Political Equality) Institute 2000.