Newell Arnerich, Danville Mayor - Newell was first elected to the Danville Town Council in 1995 and elected Mayor in 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2012 & 2013. His past involvement with the Town includes serving as Chair of the Tri-Valley Affordable Housing Committee, five-and-one-half years on Danville’s Architectural Design Review Board, five years on the Planning Commission and past Chair. He is always involved in supporting our local schools by having served on the School District Facilities Committee resulting in the successful passage of Measure D School Bond and served on the Valley-wide Committee on Youth Safety & Development. Regionally, Newell is involved with planning and transportation issues affecting our valley serving on the Contra Costa Transportation Authority, TRAFFIX school bus program, Chair of the Tri-Valley Transportation Council and currently serves as chair of the Contra Costa Mayors Conference.
He is a graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley, past president and currently serves on of the Board of Directors, a Mustang soccer coach for over ten years, a member of the Danville Area Chamber of Commerce and a member of Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary Club and past-president. He also serves on the board of directors for Discovery Counseling Center. In addition, Mr. Arnerich is a graduate of the League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy for Leadership and Advanced Leadership and past facilitator. He was appointed by the President of the California League of Cities to serve on State wide Committee on Housing, Community & Economic Development.
Newell holds bachelors and master’s degrees in architecture and urban design from the University of California, Berkeley. For the past 39 years he has been a professional architect who owns an architectural firm with offices in Oakland and Los Angeles and serves as President/CEO of the firm. In 1979-1981, he lived in London and managed the firm’s joint venture office in designing new town projects in the Middle East and had a branch office in downtown Honolulu for nine years during the 1990’s. Newell taught for two years at Berkeley’s school of Architecture prior to forming his company.
He is married to his wife, Janis, for 43 years, an elementary school principal, and together they have two children, both graduates of San Ramon Valley High School. Their daughter is an E.R. trauma nurse, while their son just completed four years of service in the United States Marine Corps.
Community Activities & Qualifications
Danville Town Council, 1995 - present
Mayor 2013, 2012, 2008, 2004 & 1999
Danville Design Review Board 1990-1995
Danville Planning Commission 1991-1995, Past Chair
Mustang Soccer League Coach 1989-1999
Tri-Valley Affordable Housing Committee, Past Chair
Tri-Valley Transportation Council, Chair
CCTA, Contra Costa Transportation Agency
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce, 1993-present
Citizens Advisory Committee on SRVUSD Facilities (Measure D )
Committee on Youth Safety and Development
Discovery Counseling Center, Board of Directors
Leadership San Ramon Valley, Past President & Current Board Member
AIA, American Institute of Architects, 1987-present
NCARB, National Council of Architectural Registration Board
Professional Practice Owner, CEO/President 1978-present
Danville Sycamore-Valley Rotary Club, Past President & Current Member
Danville Kiwanis Club, Volunteer of the Year—July 4, 2005
Diablo Magazine's, Threads of Hope Award Recipient
Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, Chair 2012
TRAFFIX Founding & Current Board Member
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority Board Member
iGATE Innovation Hub, Board Member
Danville Finance Committee, Chair
San Ramon Valley Unified School District Liaison Committee
San Ramon Valley Street Smarts Committee, Board Member
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce Liaison Committee
State Wide Committee on Housing, Community & Economic Development
State wide committee on Governance, Transparency and Labor Policy.