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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

City of OrindaCandidate for City Council

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Darlene K. Gee

Appointed Councilmember/Engineer
5,551 votes (30.74%)Winning
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Effective oversight of the $45+ million of taxpayer funding for the first three phases of our Road and Drain plan.
  • Bringing together community input and professional expertise to define a process to revitalize our downtown and provide access to more desired businesses, while preserving our small town charm and natural environment.
  • Maintaining our current excellent level of fiscal responsibility.



Profession:Civil Engineering Vice President
Vice-President, HNTB Corporation (2012–current)
Councilmember, Orinda City Council — Appointed position (2015–current)
Former Chair, Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission — Elected position (2011–2015)
Committee Member, Measure E Oversight, Acalanes Union High School District — Elected position (2009–2015)
Vice-President, HDR (2003–2012)
Co-Chair, First Measure L Sales Tax Campaign — Elected position (2012–2012)
Vice-President, Jacobs Civil, Inc. (1999–2003)
Vice-President, Sverdrup Civil, Inc. (1980–1999)


UC Berkeley Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), Business Administration and Management (1989)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Civil Engineering (1979)

Community Activities

Campaign Worker, Orinda Road and School Measures (2000–current)
President, Women's Transportation Seminar (2014–current)
Volunteer, Parents’ and Boosters Club (1997–2013)
Past President, Orinda Junior Women’s Club (1994–1999)


My husband and I have lived in Orinda for 27 years and enjoyed raising our sons in a community with such great schools and family focus. We love living here and I have always actively contributed my time and expertise to Orinda’s schools, charities, and volunteer government. 

As a current Councilmember, I provide ongoing leadership for fixing our roads and drains while helping to maintain a fiscally responsible approach to Orinda’s operations and capital programs. Utilizing my 37 years of civil engineering expertise, I contributed extensively to Orinda’s Road and Drains Plan during my four years of service on the Citizens' Infrastructure Oversight Commission and led efforts to better communicate roads information to Orinda’s residents. 

As a civil engineer with nearly four decades of highway, roadway, and transit experience, I bring relevant background and expertise to Orinda’s roads and other facilities projects. I received an MBA from UC Berkeley and have more than 25 years of executive management experience and full financial accountability for teams of up to 150 people. In my professional and volunteer leadership roles I have a proven track record of consensus building, problem solving, and successful financial performance.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Steve Glazer, California State Senator, District 7
  • Amy Worth, Orinda City Councilmember
  • The East Bay Times

Organizations (3)

  • The East Bay Times
  • Orinda Vision
  • What's Up Downtown Orinda

Elected Officials (6)

  • Steve Glazer, California State Senator, District 7
  • Dean Orr, Orinda City Councilmember
  • Victoria Smith, Mayor of Orinda
  • Julie Pierce, Commissioner, Contra Costa Transportation Authority
  • Amy Worth, Orinda City Councilmember
  • Gail Murray, Director District 1, BART

Individuals (26)

  • Inga Miller, Candidate, Orinda City Council
  • Bobbie Landers, Former Mayor of Orinda
  • Cassandra Forth, Campaign Co-chair, Orinda Measure
  • Robert Burt, Member, Orinda Finance Advisory Committee
  • Joffa Dale, Board of Trustees, UC Berkeley Foundation
  • Ellen Dale, Secretary, Cal Shakes Board of Director
  • Mark Green, Former President, Association of Bay Area Governments
  • Richard Westin, Co-Founder, Orinda Community Foundation
  • Brad Barber, Director, Moraga-Orinda Fire District
  • Alex Evans, Director, Moraga-Orinda Fire District
  • Carol Penskar, Member/Former Chair, Orinda Finance Advisory Committee
  • Cindy Powell, President, Orinda Association
  • Kate Wiley, Former President, Orinda Association
  • Stephanie Davis, Former President, Orinda Junior Women’s Club
  • Julie Whitsitt, Former Commissioner, Orinda Parks and Recreation
  • Bruce Burrows, Longtime Orinda Resident
  • David Goldsmith, Board of Directors, John Muir Health
  • Joan Kiekhaefer, Former President, Educational Foundation of Orinda
  • Susie Epstein, Board Member, Acalanes Union High School District
  • Hillary Weiner, Candidate, OUSD Board
  • Cara Hoxie, Former Co-President, Educational Foundation of Orinda | Candidate, OUSD Board
  • Pat Rudebusch, Former President, Orinda Union School District
  • Dennis Fay, Former Chair, Citizens Infrastructure Oversight Committee
  • Richard Nelson, Vice-Chair, Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission
  • Terry Murphy, Chair, Citizens’ Infrastructure Oversight Commission
  • Sue Severson, Former Mayor of Orinda

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

As a Councilmember, continuing to work toward the full repair and long term maintenance of Orinda’s infrastructure remains one of my top priorities. I am also eager to work with the community to find ways to enhance and revitalize our downtown as a key aspect of our local quality of life. I am committed to maintaining our City’s fiscal health and public safety while still seeking opportunities to protect and improve Orinda’s civic assets. I am fully committed to finding more ways for the Council to receive community input on issues, as well as ensuring that the Council’s activities are transparent, responsive, and focused on keeping Orinda a great place to live.

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