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Our February 2020 Luncheon Speaker will be Ben Lavender
Ben Lavender is a Community Affairs Representative for the Central Contra Costa Sanitary District. Ben manages Central San's education programs, which provide wastewater curricula to kindergarten through 12th grade classrooms across Central San's service area. Ben also runs the public tours of Central San’s regional wastewater treatment plant and speaks to groups throughout central Contra Costa County.
Prior to arriving at Central San, Ben was the head of teacher professional development for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco and did curriculum development for the Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland. Ben is a former classroom science teacher. He has taught in San Francisco, Oakland, and Orinda. Ben will educate us on the Central Sanitary District, its infrastructure, its day to day functions and planned future projects.

Our March 2020 Luncheon Speaker will be Newell Anerich
Danville Council member/six term Mayor, elected 1995. His community involvement started 30 years ago on Danville’s Design Review Board / Planning Commission. Newell serves on a variety of local and statewide committees keeping Danville at the forefront of engagement. An advocate for public education serving on Measure D School Facilities Bond Committee and Co-Chair, Valley Wide Committee on Youth Safety.

Danville’s financial health has been guided by Newell’s “pay as you go” fiscal policies keeping Danville fiscally strong. As Mayor, Newell presided over “hometown hero” celebrations of Captain “Sully” Sullenberger and Olympic Gold Medalists Jessica and Maggie Steffens.  

Graduate of Leadership San Ramon Valley, League of California Cities Mayors & Council Members Academy for Leadership and Advanced Leadership. Newell has published over 50 articles on governance, leadership and economic trends. He has guest lectured at Stanford University MBA International Classes, UC Berkeley and other institutions.

Newell earned Bachelors/Masters degrees in Architecture/Urban Design, UC Berkeley and is President/CEO of awarding winning architectural firm for past 40 years.

Contra Costa County Mayors Conference, Past Chair 
Tri-Valley Transportation Council, Past Chair
Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Director 
TRAFFIX Co-founder
Central Contra Costa Solid Waste Authority, Director
iGATE Innovation Hub, Director 
East Bay Economic Development Alliance
Discovery Counseling Center, Director
Leadership San Ramon Valley, Director
Danville Library Endowment
Danville Area Chamber of Commerce 
Contra Costa County Sheriff's Posse
100 Club Contra Costa, Life Member 
CERT, Community Emergency Response Team 
Tri Valley APAPA Honorary Board 
Danville-Sycamore Valley Rotary, Past President
Operation Welcome Home, Co-founder
Sentinels of Freedom