Danielle was elected in 2020 to represent Division 6 for the Three Valleys Municipal Water District. Division 6 services a small portion of Claremont, a slightly larger portion of San Dimas, and a majority of North Pomona.
Since 2009 Danielle has worked at the South Coast Air Quality Management District (South Coast AQMD) as part of the Legislative Public Affairs and Media team. It is South Coast AQMD’s mission to clean the air and protect the health of residents through public education and regulatory compliance. She is currently employed as a Senior Public Information Specialist where she conducts community education and engagement for the agency, primarily in the Gateway Cities region.
Her interest in water, air, and the environment grew in college where she attended UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) and earned her B.A in Environmental Studies. At UCSC she studied state and national environmental policy, took courses on water policy and land-use planning, and an internship course in environmental interpretation.
At the young age of 22, Danielle was elected to serve on the Pomona City Council, representing the residents of District 1 from 2008-2012. During that period, she founded and chaired the Environmental Stewardship Council Sub-Committee and the Transportation Sub-Committee. In her role as council member Danielle also sat on the California League of Cities Environmental Sub-Committee and Chaired the Pomona Valley Transit Authority Board.
As the granddaughter of two pioneering California Latino legislators, the late Phil and Nell Soto, Danielle’s passion for public service was cultivated by her family. Her grandfather was one of two first ever Latinos elected to the State Assembly in 1962. Her grandmother held the same Pomona council seat as Danielle for 12 years before going on to serve in the California State Legislature at the age of 72.
Danielle currently serves on the Board of Directors for Pomona Valley Historical Society where she works to protect and preserve important historic sites, records, and artifacts and to educate the public about the area's history.
View Director Soto's training certificates for Ethics, Prevention of Workplace Harassment and Governance Foundations, by clicking on the PDF below.
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