Janet Reilly recently completed her successful term as President of the Board of Directors of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. First appointed to the board in February 2003 by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Janet is an ex-officio member of all standing committees and a member of the Golden Gate Transit-Amalgamated Retirement Board. During her time as President of the Board, she oversaw the bridge’s blockbuster 75th anniversary celebration and significant progress toward the design and installation of a long-awaited suicide barrier.
In addition to serving on the Board of the Golden Gate Bridge District, Janet is the co-founder and president of the Board of Directors for Clinic by the Bay, a Volunteers in Medicine Clinic in the Excelsior District of San Francisco. The clinic, which does not rely on taxpayer dollars, engages retired doctors and nurses to provide wide-spectrum health care services for working uninsured San Francisco and Daly City families.
Janet has twice run as a candidate for public office. In 2006, she ran an upstart campaign for the California State Assembly in San Francisco’s 12th District. Four years later, in 2010, Janet was a candidate for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors in District 2.
For well over a decade, Janet has been a strong supporter of Catholic Charities CYO, and has provided leadership for many vital programs at non-profits such as Shanti, Mount St. Joseph’s – St Elizabeth’s, San Francisco Suicide Prevention, the St. Vincent De Paul Society, Caminos Pathways Learning, St. Anthony’s Foundation and the Milton Marks Richmond Library renovation. She has also been a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Asian Art Museum and the San Francisco Film Society. Janet has been honored in 2012 by the League of Women Voters as “A Woman Who Could Be President,” and by the San Francisco Business Times as on of the City’s “Most Influential Women in Business.” Along with her husband, Clint, she has received the 2010 Golden Apple Award from Megan Furth Academy for her commitment to education, and is an inductee to Mercy High School’s “Mercy Society.”
Janet’s professional career is highlighted by her tenure as Manager of Public Relations for Mervyn’s department stores – a chain of 264 stores with a presence in 14 states. Nationwide, Mervyn’s employed 28,000 people with $4 billion in revenue. At the time, Mervyn’s was a subsidiary of the Target Corporation, the second largest general merchandise retailer in the country with revenues of $39.8 billion.
While at Mervyn’s, Janet was the primary spokesperson for the company and managed all external communications. She spoke for the company to all local and national media and was the key strategist for positioning Mervyn’s in the media as a world-class retailer. She directed and implemented all crisis communication plans and was responsible for advising Mervyn’s executives in dealing with the press.
Janet also created the Mervyn’s Community Closet – a 72-foot big rig truck transformed into an elegant department store on wheels. The Community Closet travels throughout the country donating work-appropriate wardrobes to men and women making the transition from public assistance to employment. More than 6,500 people across America benefitted from the innovative program.
Before joining Mervyn’s, Janet served on the staff of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Janet was the Mayor’s principal spokesperson and liaison to Hollywood, West Los Angeles, Brentwood, Bel Air and Pacific Palisades. In this critical role, she acted as the Mayor’s direct link with leading corporations, business associations, neighborhood groups and civic organizations in the nation’s second largest city.
While in the Mayor’s office, Janet created Community Roundtables, an innovative concept bringing the Mayor together with leading citizens and civic groups to address pressing issues in Los Angeles neighborhoods.
Janet Reilly began her career as an anchorwoman-reporter for CBS-affiliate KGWN-TV in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Mass Media Communications from UCLA and received a Masters degree in Journalism from Medill at Northwestern University in Chicago.
A native of Sacramento, Janet is married to businessman Clint Reilly. Their family owns the landmark Merchants Exchange Building in San Francisco’s financial district, as well as several other real estate properties and a growing hospitality business. Clint and Janet have two children, Jill 12, and Ava, 10.
Awards & Special Recognition
Women Who Could Be President - League of Women Voters, 2012
Most Influential Women in Business – The San Francisco Business Times, 2012
CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Award in Philanthropy – Friends of the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women, 2012
Golden Apple Award – Megan Furth Academy, 2010 – annual award for supporting inner-city Catholic education.
Community Service Award – San Francisco Suicide Prevention, 2009
Frank Brennan Award – St. Vincent De Paul Society, 2007 – annual award for service to the poor.
Investing in the Community Award – Shanti, 2003
Rookie Employee of the Year – Mervyn’s Department Stores, 1998
San Domenico School – Board of Directors 2011
California List – Northern California Chair 2008 – Present
Asian Art Museum - Board of Directors, Executive Committee 2001 – 2007
San Francisco Film Society – Board of Directors and Chair of the Development Committee 1998 – 2004
Shanti - Advisory Committee to the National Training Institute 1996 – 1998
Catholic Charities/CYO - Co-Founder of Archbishop’s Loaves and Fishes Awards Dinner 1998 – 2008
Mount St. Joseph-St. Elizabeth Epiphany Center - Foundation Board Member 1997 – 1999