March 2024 Community Program – In Conversation with Tri-Valley Mayors
March 14 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Join us for TVNPA’s March Community Program, In Conversation with Tri-Valley Mayors. In this annual program in its fourth year, we explore the symbiotic relationship between civic and community engagement featuring the mayors of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and San Ramon.
This panel discussion will delve into strategies for enhancing the connection between cities and local nonprofits in the dynamic landscape of 2024. As we navigate the challenges and opportunities of today’s society, we will explore proactive measures to strengthen collaboration and foster mutual understanding.
Doors open at 9:30am for registration and refreshments. The program begins at 10:00am.
We’re celebrating our 10 Year Anniversary!
We warmly invite you to stay around afterward for some cake and a toast in commemorating a decade of community impact and collaboration. This milestone celebration will take place immediately following the program, offering you the chance to connect with fellow members and celebrate the achievements and those who have helped shape our organization over the past 10 years.
We look forward to continuing this remarkable journey with you and we are grateful for your ongoing support.
Karla Brown is serving her second term as Mayor of the City of Pleasanton, preceded by serving two terms on the Pleasanton City Council. Mayor Brown currently serves on multiple regional and city committees, boards and commissions including the Alameda County Transportation Commission, Livermore Amador Valley Transportation Authority (LAVTA), Alameda County Mayors’ Conference, Zone 7 Water Liaison Committee, Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department Joint Powers Authority, School District Liaison Committee and the Board of TV30.
Mayor Brown has lived in Pleasanton for 28 years during which she has supported many organizations. She has volunteered with RAGE youth soccer as a coach, the Tri-Valley Conservancy, Hively, Valley Humane Society and she has held positions as a Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Liaison and School Site Council for Pleasanton schools. When not working, she enjoys playing tennis, walking, hiking, bicycling and spending time with her family.
Melissa Hernandez was elected Mayor of the City of Dublin, California, in November 2020, and was re-elected in November 2022. She was first elected to the Dublin City Council in November 2016, and was appointed Vice Mayor in 2018, following the passing of her dear friend and fellow councilmember, Don Biddle. Prior to her election to the City Council, Mayor Hernandez served as Chair of Dublin’s Human Services Commission.
Mayor Hernandez’s top priorities are the development of Downtown Dublin and its future town square, as well as mental health support services. To that end, she has supported the City’s Downtown Preferred Vision which will transform the Dublin Place shopping center into a new City center, and she has supported and spearheaded efforts to develop Axis Bridge, a groundbreaking mental health urgent care facility in the Tri-Valley and the funding a of behavioral health unit in Dublin Police Services.
In her professional life, Ms. Hernandez serves as a top legislative aide in Health Care and Social Services to Alameda County Supervisor David Haubert. She previously served in the same role for former Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty. She has nearly three decades of experience as a small business manager in the dental and health sectors. She received a degree in Political Science, Public Affairs & Administration at California State University, East Bay. She has a 17-year-old daughter, Lauren, and a 21-year-old son, Jared, with whom she loves to spend her free time.
David E. “Dave” Hudson elected Mayor of the City of San Ramon in 2020 and 2022. Dave is currently serving his 27th year on the City Council. He also served as Mayor of San Ramon in 2001 during 911and Vice Mayor four times after serving two terms on the planning commission.
Mayor Hudson is the most recent past Chair of the Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference. He is a member and the past Chair of the Bay Area Air Quality Management District Board of Directors. Mayor Hudson has extensive service on transportation committees, including the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), Central Contra Costa Transit Authority (CCCTA), San Joaquin Joint Power Authority (SJJPA), and Valley Link, which is working to bring rails service from Bakersfield and Sacramento to Oakland. He has worked on the Accessible Transportation Strategies (ATS) task force to make the Bay Area Blue Ribbon Task Force Study recommendations a reality.
Until recently, Mayor Hudson served on the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), MTC/ABAG Legislative Committee, and the Administrative Committee, which oversees the RHNA appeals and the Bay Area Regional Collaborative (BARC).
Mayor Hudson has served on several sub-committees for the League of California Cities, National League of Cities, and Contra Costa Mayors’ Conference appointments. He has received awards from the Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Western States Trail Foundation. Dave remains active with the local community scouting groups.
Mayor Marchand served on the Livermore City Council since 2005 and was elected mayor in 2011. Mayor Marchand spent his professional career working as a water quality chemist and served for 15 years as a member of the Zone 7 Water Agency Board of Directors.
Mayor Marchand was a founding member of Livermore’s Commission for the Arts and was instrumental in the development of the City’s Cultural Arts Master plan and the revitalization of the downtown. He also developed innovative programs to promote public art and reduce graffiti and vandalism.
A career highlight was when Mayor Marchand spoke at the colloquium of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry in Moscow in 2012, when element 116 was officially named Livermorium after our city. Livermore is one of only six cities to have an element named after it and have its name appear on the Periodic Table of Elements.
Mayor Marchand termed out of office in December 2020. His legacy includes a new fire station, a new airport administration building, an Emergency Operations Center, and a new Council Chamber named for Rotarian and former Mayor John Shirley. The first phase of Stockmen’s Park was completed, a promise that took 58 years to fulfill. In December of 2020, along with LLNL Director Bill Goldstein and Pete Rodrik representing the NNSA, the ground was broken for Livermorium Plaza at 116 Livermore Avenue. The ribbon-cutting for the new park was held in June 2022. As part of his commitment to improving quality of life, 57 new pieces of public art were added throughout the City during his nine years as Mayor.
After a two-year break, Marchand was re-elected as Mayor of Livermore in November 2022.