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City of Costa MesaCandidate for Council Member, Council District 5

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Arlis Reynolds

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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Our residents and businessowners should feel safe and know their homes and property are. We must reverse the rise in homelessness, remove negligent sober living operators, and reduce crime so our community members both enjoy and invest in Costa Mesa.
  • Recent development decisions have strained neighborhoods and infrastructure. Smart planning must preserve neighborhoods, support diverse housing stock and open space, address traffic and parking constraints, and improve mobility and sustainability.
  • As with any business or project, availability of resources constrain our ability to implement solutions. We must ensure a balanced budget and long-term fiscal stability of the city while addressing public safety, quality of life, other city issues.



Profession:Engineer, Businesswoman, Commissioner
Owner, AZR Consulting LLC (2018–current)
Vice Chair, Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission — Appointed position (2017–current)
Principal, Measurement and Engineering Division, Cadmus Group LLC (2011–2018)
Analyst, Energy Efficiency Evaluation and Policy, National Grid USA (2007–2011)


University of California, Irvine - Paul Merage School of Business Master of Business Administration (MBA), Executive MBA (current)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Mechanical Engineering (2006)

Community Activities

Co-founder, Member, Volunteer, Orange County Earth Stewards (2016–current)
Co-founder, Volunteer, Save Banning Ranch (2015–current)
Member, Sierra Club Conservation Committee (2015–current)
Member, Costa Mesa Women's Club (2017–current)
Member, Association of Women in Water, Energy, and Environment (2015–current)


Arlis Reynolds grew up in Costa Mesa, attended Costa Mesa schools, and graduated from MIT with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. She analyzes clean-energy investments, is an active community member, and serves as Vice Chair of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission.

Arlis Reynolds worked to save Fairview Park

Arlis worked with other community members to protect Fairview Park as a passive, public nature park, and launched an awareness campaign in 2016 to help educate the public about the fight to save this precious open space. As Parks and Recreation Commission liaison to the Fairview Park Steering Committee, Arlis supports efforts to enhance Fairview Park through restoration of natural habitats, volunteer-based education programs (e.g., nature walks), and an active array of passive recreation (walking, jogging, biking, bird-watching, flying gliders, model trains, etc.).

Arlis Reynolds fought high-density development at Banning Ranch

Arlis worked with other community members to fight a massive, high-density development project that would have extremely negative impacts on westside Costa Mesa neighborhoods. She created two videos and an awareness campaign to help educate the public and rally support for the effort. Arlis supports efforts to purchase and restore the 401-acre Banning Ranch as a public nature park for passive recreation and habitat restoration.


Arlis Reynolds installed and maintains a Little Free Library to create community and encourage reading

Arlis installed a Little Free Library in front of her home to share books with neighbors and encourage reading. She enjoy seeing neighbors and their kids drop by to exchange books and leave friendly notes for each other in the library’s note box.

Arlis Reynolds was recognized in the Daily Pilot as an “Unsung Hero”

In 2016, Arlis was honored to be recognized in the Daily Pilot’s “Unsung Hero” series for her approach to sustainable living and her contributions to stopping the development project at Banning Ranch.

Arlis Reynolds was recognized in the LA Times for her Community Organizing

Award-winning L.A. Times columnist Steve Lopez recognized the impact of Arlis' local community organizing to raise awareness and stop the proposed development project at Banning Ranch.


Arlis attended Costa Mesa public schools—Pomona Elementary, Victoria Elementary, TeWinkle Middle School, Estancia High School—and learned leadership from a young age through participation in school clubs, sports, Girls’ Inc and the Boys and Girls Club.

She earned her Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with a focus on robotics and energy, and is a member of the U.C.I. Executive MBA program, through which business executives study how technology is transforming industries and the global economy.


Throughout her college years at MIT, Arlis was fascinated by the role technology plays to solve problems and improve our lives—from individual mobility to global energy issues. That interest lead her to a career in the growing field of energy efficiency, clean energy, and sustainability.


Arlis started my career with a large electric and gas utility and later joined The Cadmus Group, an employee-owned consulting company, where she led engineering research projects. Arlis specializes in impact evaluation of technologies and strategies designed to reduce or optimize energy consumption without compromising performance. She works with statisticians, economists, sociologists, and business customers to examine cost-effectiveness and user acceptance and make recommendations for future research and investments.

Arlis has been honored to present at several conferences, including The International Energy Program Evaluation Conference and the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Public Service is a Family Tradition

Arlis' grandfather was a police officer in Inglewood before becoming a Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff, and her grandmother was a school principal for more than 40 years with the L.A. Unified School District. Her father was a Marine Corps officer who served in Vietnam, and her mother is a first-generation college graduate. Both of her parents chose careers as public-school teachers, and each devoted more than 30 years to helping young people. Her brother, also an Estancia High School graduate, is a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, focusing on consumer protection.

Arlis has volunteered as a coach and mentor and serves as Vice Chair of Costa Mesa’s Parks and Recreation Commission. She has worked with neighbors and local businesses to stop unwanted development and protect our parks and will continue to work for our residents on Costa Mesa’s City Council.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Women in Leadership
  • Costa Mesa Firefighters Association
  • Orange County League of Conservation Voters

Organizations (4)

  • Women for American Values and Ethics
  • Sierra Club
  • Run for Something
  • National Women's Political Caucus

Elected Officials (3)

  • Wendy Leece, Former Costa Mesa City Council Member and School Board Member
  • John Stephens, Costa Mesa City Council
  • Katrina Foley, Costa Mesa City Council

Individuals (5)

  • Charlene Ashendorf, Commissioner - Costa Mesa Senior Commission
  • Leah Ersoylu, Commissioner - Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation
  • Jim Erickson, Commissioner - Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation
  • Liz McNabb, Chair - Costa Mesa Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Carla Navarro Woods, Costa Mesa Planning Commissioner

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