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TVNPA’s March Community Program: In Conversation with Tri-Valley Mayors

March 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Join us at the Bankhead Theater to discuss the connection between civic and community engagement. Featuring the mayors of Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton, and  San Ramon, we will focus on ways in which the relationship between cities and local nonprofits can be strengthened. Learn what is of importance to our city leaders and how we as nonprofits can best work together.

Thank you to Sandia National Laboratories for sponsoring
TVNPA’s 2023 Community Programs!

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 and 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.

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.

Mayor Hernandez has served or currently serves on many local boards and commissions:

  • Alameda County Transportation Commission
  • Tri-Valley/San Joaquin Valley Regional Rail Authority
  • Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority
  • LAFCO – Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission
  • San Joaquin Joint Powers Authority
  • Alameda County Waste Management Authority
  • DSRSD Liaison Committee
  • Dublin Unified School District Liaison Committee
  • East Bay Community Energy Joint Powers Authority
  • East Bay Division of League of California Cities
  • Federal and Military Communities Committee

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.

Prior to her service on the Dublin City Council, Ms. Hernandez’s commitment to the community has included service as a member of Congressman Eric Swalwell’s Women’s Advisory Board; the Dublin Crossing Community Park Master Plan Task Force; Dublin High School’s Parent Faculty Student Organization; the City of Dublin’s Marketing and Branding Committee; and Dublin Rotary, where she served as Community Services Director.  She also volunteered as the city liaison for Dublin Little League.

Vice Mayor Mark Armstrong was elected to his second term on the San Ramon City Council in 2022, having first been appointed to the City Council in 2021. A Bay Area native, he is a 19-year resident of San Ramon. Mark graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, where he studied Civil Engineering and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College and earned Master’s Degrees in Military Arts and Sciences and Strategic Studies. He retired from the Army following a 30-year career serving in various Army, multi-service, interagency command and staff assignments in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East, Indo-Pacific, and the Caribbean. He later continued his public service with FEMA Region IX based in Oakland, serving in several senior leadership positions supporting disaster response and recovery for many States, Territories, and Tribes across the country. In 2018, Mark retired again after nearly 41 years of combined uniformed and civilian federal service.

Mark currently serves as the Chair of the City Council Finance Committee. He is also the City Council Liaison for SRV Emergency Preparedness Citizen Corps Council, Infrastructure  Committee, Open Space Advisory Committee, Senior Citizen Advisory Committee & Senior Foundation, Iron Horse Trail Advisory Committee, Teen Council, and Library Advisory Committee. Mark also serves on many other local & regional committees and boards that support the efforts of the Tri-Valley.

Karla Brown is serving her first term as Mayor for the City of Pleasanton, after serving 8 years on the City Council. Like all local Mayor’s she currently serves on multiple regional and city committees.  As Mayor she has a long list of goals, and here are a few:  Support residents and businesses as they cope with COVID health challenges and significant restrictions, Improve drinking water quality, Approve new housing in Smart-Housing locations, Preserve our Heritage buildings, and Supplement our police services with vital mental health professionals.

Mayor Brown brings a wealth of professional and community involvement to her new position.  She started her civic involvement as a 5-member resident committee that challenged PG&E’s location of an experimental dielectric 230kV underground power line.  Later her group won in court.  She served as a leader of “Save Pleasanton’s Hills and Housing Cap” ballot Measure PP, plus a second ballot Referendum Measure D, which banned a controversial ridge-top housing project called “Oak Grove.”  Again, she was on the winning side after both measures were supported by Pleasanton’s voters.

Previously, Brown was employed as a Global Account Manager selling multi-million-dollar equipment to the semiconductor and disc drive industries. Due to extensive travel, she made a career change to become a local real estate agent.  Brown has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business and Marketing from San Jose State University and she holds a Broker’s License.

Mayor Brown has volunteered at many local non-profits such as Culinary Angels, Tri-Valley Conservancy and Hively to name a few. When she is not working, she enjoys playing tennis, walking, hiking, bicycling, and spending time with her family.

Mayor 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.

Mayor Storer 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



March 9
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Bankhead Theater
2400 First Street
Livermore, CA 94550 United States
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