Dr. Carla J. Thornton, District 2

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Dr. Carla J. Thornton

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Dr. Carla J. Thornton
Phone: 951.413.3008
Email: carlat@moval.org


14177 Frederick St.
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Dr. Carla Thornton was elected to the Moreno Valley City Council in November 2018 to represent District 2.

Councilwoman Thornton currently serves as an Assistant Professor at California Baptist University, where she specializes in teaching social work management and policy.

She proudly served her country as a member of the United States Air Force for 20 years. She deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and retired at the rank of Master Sergeant.

Councilwoman Thornton was born in Culver City and graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Science. She also earned a Masters of Arts in Management from the University of Redlands, and a Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

She continued to pursue her education at the University of Southern California where she received a Doctorate of Social Work. She focused her research on women veterans and the economic development challenges impacting the Inland Empire.

Councilwoman Thornton is dedicated to giving back to her community. Appointed by the governor to the California Department of Veterans Affairs Board, she continues to fight for expanding services to veterans and their families. She currently serves as chairwoman.

She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Riverside Area Rape Crisis Center, and the Athletics Board at the University of California, Riverside.

Prior to being elected to the City Council, Councilwoman Thornton served as chairwoman of both the Moreno Valley Traffic Safety Commission and the City’s Environmental and Historical Preservation Board.

When she’s not busy educating the leaders of the future or giving back to her community, Councilwoman Thornton enjoys spending time with her 10-year-old daughter, traveling and curling up with a good Stephen King novel.

Councilwoman Thornton’s term expires in 2022.

Committee and Board Participation

City Council Advisory Commissions/Boards


  • Traffic Safety Commission


  • Parks, Community Services and Trails Committee
  • Senior Citizens’ Advisory Board

City Council Subcommittees


  • Public Safety Subcommittee


  • Finance Subcommittee



  • March Joint Powers Commission (JPC)


  • Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC)

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