Elected to the Board November 2018
Current Term Expires December 2022
Betty Lieu received her Juris Doctorate degree from Southwestern University School of Law, and her two Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Linguistics from University of California, Irvine. She is an attorney, has served as a City of Torrance Commissioner for over 14 years, and as an Executive Board Member of PTA/PTSA’s of local TUSD schools. Prior to her current positions, Betty served as a Deputy Attorney General and was a felony prosecutor in the California Department of Justice. She started her legal career as a civil defense litigator in a large firm in downtown Los Angeles. She had clerked for both the California Appellate Court and the Federal District Court.
Outside the law office, Betty served on many legal boards. She was a board officer of the Los Angeles County Bar Association Barristers; the Regional Governor representing all Asian Pacific American attorneys in Los Angeles and Orange counties; on the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; the President of Southern California Chinese Lawyers Association, the then-largest APA local bar association in California; and a member of two Committees of the California State Bar. Betty was also recognized in Los Angeles Magazine as a Super Lawyer Rising Star for several years.
Before becoming a Torrance Water Commissioner, Betty was an Environmental Quality Commissioner for ten years. Currently she is on the board of the Coalition for Clean Air, the only California statewide nonprofit organization advocating for effective public policy and practical business solutions for clean air.
At our local schools, Betty has served in the PTA/PTSA boards of elementary and middle schools, including the positions of Executive Vice President, Historian, VP of Membership, Corresponding Secretary, Honorary Service Chair, Adventure in Arts docent, Magic of Music docent, volunteer librarian, room parent, classroom assistant, etc. In addition to founding and managing Math Competition Clubs (MCC), she has also been the Parent Coordinator for the Gifted And Talented Education (GATE) programs for her sons’ schools for several years. Her volunteer parents-led after school GATE programs involve enrichment workshops and educational tours and are open to all students at any of the schools. Betty was a recipient of the Very Special Person Award and the Honorary Service Award from these schools’ PTA and PTSA.
Betty and her husband Ted have two sons, Brennan and Austin, who attend TUSD schools. Betty has been very involved in Torrance’s education community for over ten years. She is a Life Member of the Torrance Library Association and was on the Executive Board of the Torrance Education Foundation for a couple of years before being elected to the Torrance Unified School Board of Trustees. For her extensive involvement in Torrance, Betty received the James Armstrong Leadership Award.