About Dan Kalb


Currently in his second term on the Oakland City Council, Councilmember Kalb is known as a committed public servant and community advocate. 

Throughout his distinguished career, Dan has worked as a policy director; environmental, public interest, and social justice advocate; progressive reformer; and community service volunteer. In his nearly five years on the City Council, Dan has earned his reputation as a proactive and effective legislator. For example, Dan:

 • Authored the ordinance to ban the storage and handling of coal in Oakland;

 • Created an innovative City-school district partnership to reduce chronic absenteeism in public schools; 

 • Authored the charter ballot measure to create a civilian Police Commission

In the State Assembly, Dan will use his legislative experience and proven commitment to the community to get things done for the people of the 15th Assembly District and our entire state.

In addition to his work on the City Council, Dan serves as the City's official representative on the StopWaste (Alameda County's Recycling and Waste Authority) Board of Directors and the Alameda County Transportation Commission. He serves on the League of California Cities Board of Directors, and is now Vice-chair of the newly created East Bay Community Energy authority. 

From 2003-2012, Dan was the full-time California Policy Director with the Union of Concerned Scientists. In this capacity, Dan was the lead environmental advocate, working closely with consumer and labor groups, on successful legislation requiring that at least one-third of California’s electricity to come from clean, renewable sources by the end of this decade. Dan also worked in partnership with trade unions representing working people on jointly sponsoring climate change legislation to put greater focus on in-state benefits, particularly for workers and those living in disadvantaged communities. Previously, Dan was a Chapter Director of the Sierra Club, where he worked to protect open spaces, fight for environmental health and justice, and protect our precious San Francisco Bay.

As a staff member for California Common Cause, Dan fought to reform our campaign finance laws and enhance transparency in local and state government. He continues to be a strong supporter of 'clean money' elections, and has in years past worked on consumer protection issues.  

​Dan is running for State Assembly to put his decades of experience serving the East Bay and beyond to work for the East Bay’s 15th District and our entire state. With a deep background in environmental and social justice issues, Dan will be a strong voice of action in the Assembly. He is committed to promoting data-driven solutions to the toughest problems facing our communities. including combating climate change, investing in public education and rehabilitation, and resolving the Bay Area’s housing crisis.

Over the years, Dan has served on the Jewish Community Relations Council board of directors and co-led the Isaiah Project, which brought together young adults in the African American and Jewish communities to advance social justice and enhance cultural understanding. Additionally, Dan served on the Youth Leadership and Community Safety Strategic Planning Task Force in 2012 for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth (OFCY) and has volunteered at food kitchens for the homeless in Oakland and Richmond, and Dan volunteers regularly with Rebuilding Together. 

Dan received a Baccalaureate of Science degree in Conservation of Natural Resources from U.C. Berkeley and a Masters of Public Administration from the University of San Francisco. He also has ten years of experience as a community mediator resolving neighborhood disputes.


Dan is committed to serving the public with dedication and integrity – something he learned from his father, Marcus. Dan's mother Charlotte lived in San Pablo and Oakland until passing away in 2015. Dan and his wife Valarie enjoy hiking in our beautiful East Bay Regional Parks in their free time. 


 "The best portion of a good man's (person's) life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love."          -William Wordsworth 


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