Newell Arnerich, Six term Danville Councilmember/ Mayor - Newell was first elected to the Danville Town Council in 1995 and elected Mayor in 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2012, 2013 & 2018. He serves on a variety of local and statewide committees keeping Danville at forefront of engagement such as the Contra Costa Transportation Agency, East Bay Economic Development Alliance for Business, Statewide Commission on Transportation, Communication & Public Works Policy and Statewide Commission on Housing, Community& Economic Development. As Mayor of Danville he presided over “hometown hero” celebrations of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and Olympic Gold Medalists Jessica and Maggie Steffens. 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, Torch Leadership Award and past facilitator. He was appointed by the President of the California League of Cities to serve on State wide Committees on Housing, Community & Economic Development & Transportation, Communications, and Public Works.
Newell received Bachelors and Master’s Degrees in Architecture & Urban Design (University of California Berkeley) and taught undergraduate classes for 2 ½ years (University of California Berkeley). He is a Graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley, League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy for Leadership and Advanced Leadership and an instructor at Leadership San Ramon Valley for nearly 20 years. Mr. Arnerich has published over 50 articles on governance, leadership and economic trends. He has guest lectured at Stanford University MBA International Classes, UC Berkeley College of Letters & Sciences and other institutions. He has received several Awards in recognition of his service and activities in the area of leadership such as the Community Mentor Award from APAPA (Asian Pacific-Islander American Public Affairs), the Volunteer of the Year Award and Diablo Magazine's Threads of Hope Award recipient. Newell is a keynote speaker who has been invited to speak on 5 continents about leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. At a very young age he started a FM radio station along with five friends while in high school and was a sports broadcaster, radio show host and content writer/producer of weekly educational programs
At the same time, Mr. Arnerich, CEO/Founder, is a successful entrepreneur and experienced professional architect and urban planner with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles (previously London and Honolulu). Recognizing an opportunity around corporate and high-tech research design services, Newell co- founded AD Architects in 1978. He has since been instrumental in the development of cutting-edge design and technologies that have continued to revolutionize the high-tech design/research marketplace. His firm has received numerous design Awards such the Calibre Awards for the USC-Institute for Creative Technologies Campus and the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) International Headquarters Campus.
Newell is married 45 years to Janis Arnerich, a 30-year teacher and Elementary School Principal in San Francisco Bay Area school districts. Janis currently works with a Non-profit Education Training/Research Organization, NTC, New Teacher Center. Together, they have two children.
Community Activities & Qualifications
Danville Town Council, 1995 - present
Mayor 2018, 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 Transportation, Communications & Public Works
State wide committee on Governance, Transparency and Labor Policy.