DAN KALB is a first-term City Councilmember representing Oakland's District One--all of North Oakland. He has spent virtually his entire adult life as a policy analyst, environmental, public interest and social justice advocate, policy director, progressive reformer, and community service volunteer. Since being elected in 2012, Dan has proven to be a proactive and very effective legislator. He knows how to analyze problems, vet solutions and get things done.
Dan proudly represents all the North Oakland neighborhoods on the City Council. He also serves as the City's official representative on the StopWaste (Alameda County's Recycling and Waste Authority) Board of Directors, is a voting member of the Alameda County Transportation Commission, and is the Oakland representative to the League of California Cities board of directors.
From 2003-2012, Dan was the full-time California Policy Director with the Union of Concerned Scientists. Dan led the coalition that passed landmark legislation requiring at least one-third of California’s electricity to come from clean, renewable sources by the end of this decade. Dan also worked extensively on environmental health and transportation issues throughout the state and Bay Area. He's experienced in building effective coalitions and working with a broad range of people and organizations to advance strong public policy. Previously, Dan was a Chapter Director of the Sierra Club, where he worked to protect open spaces, fight for environmental health and justice, and stop an unnecessary expansion of airport runways into San Francisco Bay.
As a staff member for California Common Cause, Dan worked to reform our campaign finance laws and keep big-moneyed special interests from overwhelming our political system. He is a strong supporter of 'clean money' elections, and has worked on consumer protection issues as well. Dan also is also a board member and past VP of the Metropolitan Greater Oakland (MGO) Democratic Club.
Dan was on the East Bay Jewish Community Relations Council board of directors for several years, and co-led the Isaiah Project, which brought together young adults in the African American and Jewish communities to advance social justice and enhance cultural understanding. Additionally, Kalb served on the Youth Leadership and Community Safety Strategic Planning Task Force in 2012 for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY). Dan was also an assistant director at a local community college campus.
Dan received a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. Kalb also has ten years experience as a community mediator resolving neighborhood disputes.
Dan is proud of his demonstrated commitment to public service and his strong sense of integrity--something he learned from his father, Marcus. Dan's mother Charlotte lived in Oakland until passing away in 2015. Dan and his wife Valarie live in the Rockridge/Temescal neighborhood and have been married since 2005.
"The best portion of a good man's (person's) life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love." -William Wordsworth
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