Danville Councilmember and previous Mayor (six terms), elected 1995. His community involvement started thirty years ago on Danville’s Architectural Design Review Board and 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 and Development.
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 & Council Members Academy for Leadership and Advanced Leadership.
Newell earned Bachelors/Masters degrees in Architecture/Urban Design, UC Berkeley and President/CEO of awarding winning architectural firm in Bay Area and Los Angeles for past 40 years.
Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, Past Chair
Tri-Valley Transportation Council, Past Chair
CCTA, Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Director
TRAFFIX Co-founder, Chair
SRV Mental Health Advisory Council
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Board
iGATE Innovation Hub, Board
East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Exec. Committee
Discovery Counseling Center Board
Leadership San Ramon Valley, Past President
Danville Library Endowment Board
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Posse
100 Club Contra Costa, Life Member
CERT, Community Emergency Response Team
Tri Valley APAPA Honorary Board
Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary, Past President
Hospice of the East Bay, volunteer
Operation Welcome Home, Co-founder
Sentinels of Freedom
Operation Wounded Minds