Jill Hardy has deep roots in her community. She is a member of a five-generation family in Huntington Beach. After graduating from Edison High School in 1989, Jill attended UC Santa Barbara where she earned a BA in Economics/Mathematics in 1992. She then returned to Huntington Beach to earn her teaching credential at UC Irvine. Jill has taught at Huntington Beach High School and Marina High School for twenty-eight years, covering the subjects of mathematics, social studies, and Model United Nations (MUN). In May 2002, Jill received her MA in Economics from CSU Long Beach, leading to adjunct teaching positions at Orange Coast College and Irvine Valley College.
Establishing herself as a permanent resident in Huntington Beach has been a priority for Jill. She is a member of First Christian Church, where she has served as a youth leader and participated in the musical program. Jill has also been an active member in the local alumnae organization for her college sorority, Tri Delta, and has contributed to the group's fundraising efforts for children's cancer research.
Jill has been involved in Huntington Beach civic affairs from an early age. She served on the Huntington Beach Youth Board during high school and has avidly followed local issues and events ever since. Jill knew from the age of 15 that she wanted to serve in local government. While at college, Jill closely followed the issues and controversies surrounding the local elections of 1990 and 1992, especially the fight for Measure C. In addition, Jill took every urban-oriented class UCSB had to offer in order to prepare herself for future involvement. Obtaining a Master's degree continued that preparation in an increasingly complex and demanding field.
When Jill Hardy came home from UCSB in December of 1992, she looked for opportunities to involve herself in Huntington Beach immediately. She first joined the Historical Society, and subsequently Huntington Beach Tomorrow (in March of 1993) and the Bolsa Chica Land Trust. She joined the HBT Board of Directors in 1994 and continued to serve in that capacity until her election to the City Council in 2002.
Following the 2000 local election, Jill was appointed to the Planning Commission by Council member Debbie Cook and began her term in January 2001. Jill distinguished herself on the Planning Commission, and earned a reputation for making fair and evenhanded decisions that lead to progress and quality of life for everyone who lives or works in the city.
In November of 2002, Jill was elected to the Huntington Beach City Council. As a Council Member, Jill served as the liaison to the Historic Resources Board and the Youth Board. She was a member of the following City Council committees: Historic Resources Board; Youth Board; Beautification, Landscape, & Tree; Intergovernmental Relations; Sister City Association; Economic Development Committee; Southeast Area; and Sunset Beach Area. As Mayor in 2005, she established the Strategic Planning committee to help find the common ground in setting goals for the City Council.
Jill Hardy served as the Mayor Pro Tem of Huntington Beach in 2004, 2009, and 2020, and as Mayor in 2005 and 2015. During her sixteen years on the City Council, Jill continued to earn a reputation for listening to the residents of Huntington Beach, making fair decisions, and protecting the quality of life in the city. She is most proud of her efforts to protect open space including saving the Little League baseball fields at Wardlow Park and LeBard Park and supporting efforts to begin the development of Bartlett Park and Irby Park for recreational use by the residents. Jill also fought to include input from the neighboring residents in the conversion of the park on 17th Street from the Rogers Senior Center to community open space.
In July 2005, Jill married former Sowers Middle School and Edison High School classmate, Greg Moore. Returning to Huntington Beach after their educational degrees to live and work in their hometown was never a question for either Jill or Greg. Both have made a commitment to enhancing their hometown through volunteering. Jill and Greg now have two children, Kalissa (age 15) and Alec (age 11). Community service continues to be a priority for the entire family.
When Jill Hardy was first elected to the City Council in 2002, she built a community-based campaign that pledged to put our citizens first, a promise she kept during her terms in office. Jill has been open and honest in all her civic dealings, as reflected in her actions and votes. She has not brought any political agendas to the Council dais. Jill is approachable and responsive to our citizenry.During her service on the City Council, it was Jill’s honor and privilege to represent the residents of Huntington Beach. She has demonstrated leadership capacities and decision-making capabilities that serve the citizens of the city. Her service is marked by accomplishment and progress.
Jill Hardy cares deeply about her hometown and all of the issues that affect it. She cares about how the people of our city feel and how to best meet their needs. Jill Hardy hopes she can count on your support as she seeks another term on the City Council so that she may continue her efforts to represent the people of Huntington Beach.