Elected Leaders

The Danville Area Chamber of Commerce is a strong voice for business in our community and enjoy and excellent partnership with our elected leaders. We work side-by-side with elected officials on business issues including business licensing, economic development, and regional issues impacting our quality of life, such as housing, transportation and infrastructure.
Feel free to reach out to us if you need help navigating government processes or an introduction to one of our elected leaders.

Town of Danville

Karen Stepper


Karen Stepper was first elected to the Town Council in 2002. During her 19-year tenure, she has served as Mayor in 2006, 2011, 2016, and 2020.

In her role as a council member, Karen has served on numerous local and regional committees to preserve Danville decisions and standards that make our historic town unique, including Current Chair CCC Mayors Conference, Director/Campaign Chair 2012 Veterans Building, Director/board member for “Emergency Preparedness” Citizen’s Corp Council, RecycleSmart Solid Waste Authority, CC Transportation Authority, Tri-Valley Transportation Council, Traffix (Congestion Relief Agency), East Bay Economic Development Alliance (Co-Chair Membership), San Joaquin Tri-Valley Rail Authority, I-Gate Innovation Hub, East Bay Regional Communications Systems Authority, League of California Cities Revenue & Tax Policy Committee.

Additionally, Karen serves in many volunteer roles in Danville: Past president of Mustang Soccer League, SRV Exchange Club, and SRV Historical Society, Board Member of Museum of SRV, and providing monthly Danville Docent Walks, Danville Car Show Team, and Honorary Member of Pearl Harbor Survivors. Karen’s avocation continues to be coaching youth soccer for over 35 years.

Karen received her BS degree in Mathematics Teaching from the University of Illinois in Urbana and her Masters in Accounting from California State Hayward. Now retired, Karen worked as a CPA for over 30 years, first for Deloitte and then with her own CPA firm in a neighboring city. Prior to her election to the Town Council, Karen served 9 years in elected office as a Board Member for the San Ramon Valley Unified School District after teaching in San Jose for 4 years. Karen and her husband Tony have lived in Danville since 1974, raising their son and daughter, both graduates of Monte Vista High School and UCSD, who are working on the peninsula and raising their families in San Ramon and Walnut Creek.

Dave Fong

Vice Mayor

Dave and his wife, Louise, have lived in Danville since 1977 raising two children who graduated from SRVUSD, college, and now have successful careers and their own families. During those 44 years, Dave has been actively involved with public service, sports, and educational activities and programs in the community.

As a second-year councilmember representing and serving the Danville community, Dave strives to preserve the core areas of our successful heritage that make Danville such a special place to live. His commitment is to harness the strengths and assets invested by the town over the many decades and to build on the foundation of what has been successful to meet our community’s expectations.

Dave graduated with degrees from the University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics, and the University of California, San Francisco with a Doctor of Pharmacy. He has over 43 years as a successful senior pharmacy executive with relentless leadership drive, strategic and retail business experience with Fortune 100 ( Safeway Inc.) and Fortune 500 ( Longs Drug Stores, Inc.) companies. Currently, Dave is an executive for a small business digital telemedicine technology company providing greater accessibility, affordability, and safety to consumers in need of health care in the U.S.

Dave has actively served on committees and boards across the public and private sector including Marin Clean Energy (MCE) Board of Directors, CalCities, Commissioner and former Chair for the Danville Senior Advisory Commission, governor appointed member of the California State Board of Pharmacy, and numerous advisory boards for industry and academia.

Newell Arnerich


Newell Arnerich was first elected to Town Council in 1995. His community involvement started 30 years ago on Danville’s Design Review/Planning Commission. Newell serves on a variety of local and statewide committees keeping Danville at the forefront of engagement. An advocate for public education serving on Measure D School Facilities Bond Committee and Co-Chair, Valley Wide Committee on Youth Safety.

Danville’s financial health has been guided by Newell’s “pay as you go” fiscal policies keeping Danville fiscally strong. As Mayor, Newell presided over “hometown hero” celebrations of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and Olympic Gold Medalists Jessica and Maggie Steffens.

Graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley, League of California Cities Mayors’ Advanced Leadership and Leadership Academy Torch. Newell has published over 50 articles on governance, leadership and economic trends. He has guest lectured at Stanford University MBA International Classes, UC Berkeley and other institutions. Newell is a keynote speaker who has been invited to speak on 4 continents about leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Newell earned Bachelors/Masters degrees in Architecture/Urban Design, UC Berkeley and is President/CEO of an award-winning architectural firm for over 40 years.

Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, Past Chair
Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Director

Honorary Life Member Viet Nam Veterans of Diablo Valley
TRAFFIX Co-founder, Director
iGATE Innovation Hub, Director
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Discovery Counseling Center, Director

Leadership San Ramon Valley, Director
Danville Library Endowment, Director
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
100 Club Contra Costa, Life Member
Tri Valley APAPA Honorary Boardmember
Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary, Past President
Operation Welcome Home, Co-founder

Renee Morgan


Highly regarded for her principled, energetic, and idea-driven leadership, Renee was elected to Town Council in 2012. She served as Danville Mayor for 2021 and 2017.

Prior to being elected to the Town Council, Renee served on the Danville Planning Commission, Danville Historic Design Review, and Danville Heritage Resource Commission. During this time Renee implemented stronger open space guidelines, tightened historic preservation guidelines, and updated two General Plans.

Renee has and is currently representing Danville as a liaison with the Tri-Valley Affordable Housing Committee, RecycleSmart, Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Heritage Resource Commission, Friendship City Communication, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Danville Area Chamber, Street Smarts, Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference, Tri-Valley Mayors Council, and various Danville Commissions.

Renee grew up in a military family and is the daughter of a retired Command Sergeant Major, who served for more than 30 years.

Renee is an over 30-year Danville resident and has two children. Both of her children attended pre-school through high school in Danville. Her son-in-law is retired military. Renee also has two beautiful grandchildren.

An active participant in our schools and youth sports, she is a former youth/high school director of cheer and coach, team mom, room mom and PTA Executive Board.

Renee maintains diverse partnerships with public agencies, nonprofits, and service organizations, and draws upon her strong leadership and personal involvement to give her a robust perspective on the needs of Danville.

Renee is a graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley and Leadership Pleasanton. Renee also graduated from the Danville Volunteer in Police Program.

Renee’s approach is proactive and hands-on. Renee remains committed to preserving everything great about Danville including an outstanding quality of life and a well-balanced budget.

Renee’s diverse service reaches beyond Danville and her board positions include:

  •          Contra Costa Transportation Authority-Director
  •         TRAFFIX-Director
  •          San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizens Corp-Board Member
  •          San Ramon Regional Hospital/Tenet Healthcare- Governing Board
  •          Southwest Area Transportation-Director
  •          Meals on Wheels Diablo Region-Executive Board/Treasurer
  •          League of California Cities-Member
  •          The One Hundred Club-Board Member/Lifetime Member
  •          Danville Children’s Guild-Member
  •          On Broadway Gala-Board Member
  •          Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Posse-Member
  •          Museum of the San Ramon Valley-Auction Chair
  •          American Red Cross-Leadership Board
  •          Danville Women’s Club-VP of Programs
  •          Relay for Life-Guest Speaker and Team Captain
  •          Walk to End Alzheimer’s-Guest Speaker and Team Captain
  •          Impact 100-Guest Speaker and Member
  •          Lunafest-Guest Speaker
  •          School Site Council/PTA Legislative Advocacy Member

Robert Storer


Robert Storer has been involved in dozens of civic, educational and nonprofit causes in the community during his 33 years he has called Danville home.

Married to his wife Sandra Lucchesi Storer for 38 years, they are proud to have raised two sons in Danville, 33 year old Michael Storer who completed a Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering USF and 30 year old Andrew Storer who graduated with an Architectural degree from Cal Berkeley.

Robert is very proud of his 22 year association with the Alameda County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Team as a Master Recovery Diver serving as Captain for 10 years and Assistant Chief for three years.

Has been involved with the Town of Danville since 2001 and has served the community as a

  • Three term Planning Commissioner 2001-2009
  • Design Review Board 2006-2009
  • Heritage Resource 2006-2009
  • Danville Town Council  member 2009-present
  • County Connection Board Member 2009-present
  • Vice Mayor Town of Danville 2013, 2018, 2022
  • Danville Mayor in 2014, 2019, 2023
  • Member, Town of Danville Finance Committee (2009 – Present)
  • Board Member, All Wars Memorial (2009 – Present)
  • Council Liaison to the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (2011 – 2018)
  • Member, Danville Area Chamber of Commerce (1999 – Present)
  • Graduate, Leadership San Ramon Valley (2009)
  • Lifetime Member, One Hundred Club of Contra Costa County
  • Cavalry Member, Contra Costa Sheriff’s Office
  • Lifetime Member, Honorary Sheriff’s Association Alameda County
  • 2005 Danville Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year

Contra Costa County

Candace Andersen

Supervisor, District 2

Candace was elected to the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors on June 5, 2012 and sworn in on June 26, 2012 to begin serving her first term as the District 2 Supervisor. She serves as Chair of the Board of Supervisors for 2016. Previously, Candace was on the Danville Town Council from 2003 through June 25, 2012, serving two terms as Mayor. In her role as County Supervisor, Candace currently sits on the following boards, commissions and committees:

  • Internal Operations Committee
  • Family and Human Services Committee
  • Hiring Outreach and Oversight Committee
  • Transportation, Water and Infrastructure Committee
  • Contra Costa County Fire Protection District Board
  • Contra Costa County Housing Authority
  • Contra Costa County Employee’s Retirement Association (CCCERA)
  • Central Contra Costa Transit Authority – County Connection
  • Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority
  • Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG)
  • Hazardous Waste Management Facility Allocation
  • Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO)
  • Southwest Area Transportation Committee
  • San Ramon Valley Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council
  • Tri-Valley Transportation Council
  • Traffix
  • Street Smarts
  • Dougherty Valley Oversight Committee
  • East Bay Economic Development Alliance for Business
  • East Bay Regional Communications System (EBRCSA) Governing Board
  • Pleasant Hill BART/Contra Costa Centre Joint Powers Authority Board of Trustees
  • Alternate on regional committees; Bay Area Counties Caucus, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, First 5 Children and Families Commission, TRANSPAC

Candace served on the Morgan Hill City Council in the early 1990’s. She is an attorney licensed to practice law in California and Hawaii. She began her legal career as a Prosecuting Attorney in her hometown of Honolulu and worked as a civil practitioner with a law firm in Morgan Hill. Candace put her legal career on hold to serve the community and raise her family.
Candace received both her B.A. in Public Policy (1982) and Juris Doctorate (1985) from Brigham Young University. She attended Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii from Kindergarten through 12.
Along with her responsibilities on the Board of Supervisors, Candace remains an active volunteer in her church and community.
She and her husband, attorney Philip M. Andersen, have been married for 34 years and are the parents of six children ranging in age from 19 to 32, have three daughters-in-law, a son-in-law, and five grandchildren.

California State Legislature

Rebecca Bauer Kahan

Assembly member

Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan was elected in 2018 to serve the 16th Assembly District, which includes the communities of Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Orinda, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Walnut Creek, Danville, Alamo and Moraga.
Rebecca is an accomplished attorney, environmental advocate, community volunteer, law professor and mother. A Bay Area native, she has dedicated her career and personal time to improving our community, solving complex problems, protecting civil rights and fighting to ensure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.
As an attorney, Rebecca specialized in ensuring major corporations complied with environmental laws and regulations by leading internal investigations to improve their environmental practices, while maintaining profitability. She also worked with major tech companies on intellectual property cases, involving topics including copyright, trademark and trade secret theft.
Rebecca oversaw and grew her office’s pro bono program and, under her leadership, the office expanded their efforts to include civil rights, immigration, homelessness and domestic violence. She has also served on a number of boards and committees, helping attorneys throughout the Bay Area provide their services to those who desperately need them.
Rebecca is the granddaughter of refugees, who came to the United States to escape the Holocaust. Their experience has shaped Rebecca’s perspective, inspiring her to help others in her own community, including coordinating the legal services effort at SFO to assist refugees and immigrants impacted by the Trump Administration’s travel ban.
For the last several years, Rebecca has taught appellate law and legal research and writing at Santa Clara University and Golden Gate University. She is a product of Bay Area public schools and is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law Center. Rebecca and her husband, Darren, live in Orinda with their three young children.

Steve Glazer

State Senator

Elected to the California State Senate in a special election in 2015, Senator Steve Glazer won re-election to a full four-year term in November, 2016 by winning 67 percent of the vote in the 7th District. He was re-elected in November, 2020 to begin a new four-year term. His current term ends on December 1, 2024.
Senator Glazer has worked to advance progressive policies, building a record of achievement toward serving the needs of the poor, the rights of immigrants and of communities of color. He has a long record of defending Californians against gun violence, authoring the “Bullet Button” bill to thwart gunmakers from exploiting a loophole in our state’s assault weapons ban. He stood up for victims of police violence by voting for higher use of force standards for police. He has supported measures to increase Californians’ access to health care, voted to raise the minimum wage and to ensure financial support to infants born while their families are receiving CalWORKs grants.
Senator Glazer has been a strong voice on the environment, casting important votes on such issues as California’s fight against global warming by setting new targets to reduce emissions. He also has voted for new standards to promote clean energy through renewable energy sources. He authored a tax-relief bill to encourage water conservation, and voted to block the federal government from drilling oil off our pristine coastline.
He has also voted to protect California workers against federal rollbacks of labor rights, while also voting to prohibit the federal government from improper attempts to deny rights to immigrants. He has authored legislation to offer financial relief to renters and supported other measures to protect their rights against landlords who try to gouge them. And he voted for $3 billion in funding for affordable housing and helping the homeless.
Senator Glazer has led the fight for improving the safety and efficiency in public transportation, authoring legislation to create an inspector general over BART. He also secured $5 million for east bay parks and continues to push for solutions that preserve Tesla as permanent open space.
Senator Glazer has supported people’s ability to own small businesses, getting signed into law the first-in-the-nation truth-in-lending bill for small businesses. He has voted to create a tax credit for businesses that improve their accessibility to the disabled.
Education is a top priority for Senator Glazer, who has voted to provide higher education opportunities for more students by opening up thousands of new slots at the University of California and the California State University systems. He also helped shepherd a $15 billion education bond to that will go onto the ballot in March 2020.
Senator Glazer has received recognition and honors from Planned Parenthood, Equality California, League of Conservation Voters, Veterans, Agriculture, Easter Seals, among others.
Senator Glazer is Chairman of the Elections and Constitutional Amendment Committee; and serves on the Agriculture; Education; Governmental Organization; and Insurance committees.

He is a member of the following caucuses:

Bay Area Caucus

Delta Caucus

Environmental Caucus

Jewish Caucus

Technological Caucus

Senator Glazer previously served as a city council member and three-time mayor of Orinda. A lifelong environmental advocate, he led efforts that raised hundreds of millions of dollars to permanently protect open space in California and 25 other states.
A former senior advisor to California’s Governor, Jerry Brown, Senator Glazer worked with Gov. Brown to help return California to solid financial footing in the midst of the Great Recession. He also served as an appointed California State University Trustee, working on limiting tuition increases and lowering administrative costs at CSU.
Senator Glazer is married to Melba Muscarolas, an AT&T executive. They have two daughters. Senator Glazer earned his bachelor’s degree from San Diego State University where he served as Student Body President.
Senate District 7 is based in Northern California’s Contra Costa and Alameda counties, encompassing the communities of Alamo, Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Discovery Bay, Dublin, Lafayette, Livermore, Moraga, Oakley, Orinda, Pittsburg, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and Walnut Creek.
The northern portion of the District joins many Delta communities, while the central and southern portions link key Contra Costa and Alameda suburban communities with job centers. This District includes many regional parks and wilderness areas.

Special Districts

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

San Ramon Valley Fire Protection District

East Bay Municipal Utility District