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Councilmember Donna Neville

District 3



Donna Neville was elected to the Davis City Council in a June 2023 special election, after Lucas Frerichs vacated the position to serve on the Yolo County Board of Supervisors.

Neville attended law school in 1987 at UC Davis and has since then remained active in public service. She worked for the Office of the Legislative Council, where she advised staff on K-12 public education and environmental protection; served as chief counsel to the California State Auditor; and was the chief counsel to the State Board of Education.

She now lives in Central Davis with her husband, who is a professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at UC Davis. Their adult son works in software development.

First Elected: June 2023

Alma Maters: University of California, Davis (J.D.) 

Other Positions Held: Former chair and member, City of Davis Finance and Budget Commission; Former chair, Davis Joint Unified School District Measure M Bond Oversight Committee; Pro bono legal volunteer, Parent Teacher Home Visit Project

Board and Committee Assignments: Member, City of Davis Planning Commission; board president, National Alliance on Mental Illness Yolo County 

Notable quote: “My many years of public service and dedication to our community make me ready to jump in and address the complex issues facing our city. I know how to get things done and I take a creative, collaborative approach to solving problems.” (Source: Donna Neville’s Campaign Website)

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