23 Russell Blvd., Suite 1
Davis, CA 95616
The City of Davis operates under a Council-Manager form of government, with five councilmembers elected at-large. Members of the City Council serve 4-year terms and are considered part-time employees. Compensation for councilmembers is defined by California Government Code section 36516 and Davis Municipal Code section 2.01.110. Councilmembers currently earn $1366 per month and are eligible to receive health benefits during their term.
The City of Davis is transitioning to District Elections. You can learn more by visiting the District Elections page.
Brett Lee – Mayor
Term Ends: 2020
Brett was first elected to the Davis City Council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016.
Brett is a third generation Davisite. His grandfather Mas Yamaguchi moved to Davis in the 1940’s and was a professor at UC Davis. His mother and two uncles grew up in Davis and graduated from Davis High School. His mother Jane, went away for college but ultimately finished her bachelor’s degree at UC Davis.
After attending the UC Berkeley School of Engineering, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, Brett went on to receive a master’s degree from the London School of Economics in Industrial Relations.
He currently works as a process improvement engineer for Farm Fresh To You, a local, organic produce delivery service. Brett also has held engineering positions at FedEx and Flying Tigers. Brett, who has lived in Los Angeles, Seattle, London, San Francisco, and Memphis, spent his early years growing up in Davis. He returned to central Davis where he lives with his son and two rescue dogs.
Gloria Partida – Mayor Pro Tempore
Term Ends: 2022
Gloria is a longtime Davis resident and was elected to the Davis City Council in June 2018.
Gloria attended college at the University of California at Davis where she majored in Zoology and currently works as a Neurobiologist at UCD. She has a long history of advocacy in the Davis community starting with disability advocacy and participation in many school and community organization boards and is a founder of the Davis Phoenix Coalition which promotes community inclusion. She has served on the city’s Human Relations Commission
In addition to managing a small business with her son with a disability, Gloria is active in raising her grandson.
Will Arnold – Councilmember
Term Ends: 2020
Will is a lifelong Davis resident and was elected to the Davis City Council in June 2016.
Will is a proud graduate of Davis Senior High School and then attended college at the University of Oregon where he majored in Political Science. Prior to his election, Will served as District Representative for State Senator Lois Wolk. He has been actively involved in the Davis political scene for many years, managing a number of local and regional campaigns. He is also active in local nonprofits, previously serving as President of the Blue & White Foundation, which serves the students at Davis Senior High School.
Along with his wife, Nichole, he is the owner of Mother & Baby Source, a retail shop in downtown Davis. They live in North Davis with their three children.
Dan Carson – Councilmember
Term Ends: 2022
Dan was elected to the Davis City Council in June 2018.
A graduate of San Francisco State University with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and political science, Dan began his career as a reporter for The San Diego Union newspaper, covering the City Hall and urban affairs beats before serving as Capital bureau chief for the paper for a decade.
After obtaining an MBA degree from UC Davis, he began a 17-year career at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office. At the time he retired as deputy legislative analyst in 2012, Dan was responsible for budget and policy analysis work by that office relating to health, social services, criminal justice, transportation, general government, energy, and environmental programs.
Before his election, Dan served as a member and then chair of the City’s Finance and Budget Commission. He also served on the City’s Sports Complex Task Force. The councilmember also serves as a director of Valley Clean Energy; as council liaison to the City’s Recreation and Parks, Senior Citizen, and Finance and Budget Commissions, the ASUCD Senate, the Broadband Advisory Task Force; and the Downtown Planning Advisory Commission; on joint panels with Yolo County and local business organizations; and on the council subcommittee on legislative affairs.
Dan and his wife Maureen have lived in Davis for 30 years and raised three sons here.
Lucas Frerichs – Councilmember
Term Ends: 2020
First elected to the Davis City Council in 2012, Lucas was re-elected in 2016.
Lucas received a Bachelor of Arts in Government from California State University, Sacramento. He also earned a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning from UC Davis.
As Director of State Policy for The Nature Conservancy, Lucas is responsible for advocating before the California State Legislature and state agencies. He previously worked in the California State Assembly in Sacramento from 2005-2015, serving in a variety of key positions for four different legislators. In addition to his service on the City Council, Lucas also serves as a Board Member for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Chair of the Capitol Corridor Joint Powers Authority (JPA) (Amtrak California), Vice-Chair of the Yolo County Transportation District (Yolobus), Vice-Chair of the Yolo Habitat Conservancy, and Chair of Valley Clean Energy (VCE).
He lives in central Davis with his wife, Stacie, who is Executive Director of the Davis Arts Center. They are enjoying their new German Shorthaired Pointer, Berryessa, also known as Berry.