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For more than 30 years, Auburn City Councilmember Alice Dowdin Calvillo has dedicated her career to public service at the local, regional, and state levels. Appointed to the Council in May 2020, Ms. Dowdin Calvillo filled the vacancy created by the untimely death of Mayor Bill Kirby. Ms. Dowdin Calvillo is also the Executive Officer of the Sacramento County Civil Service Commission, a quasi-judicial body responsible for policy direction and oversight of the merit hiring and classification systems for Sacramento County employees. From 2015 until her appointment to the Auburn City Council, Ms. Dowdin Calvillo served as the Chair of both the Auburn City Planning and the Auburn Historic Design Review commissions.
From January 2008 through December 2012, Ms. Dowdin Calvillo served as Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointment to the California Public Employment Relations Board, where she served as a member and Chair of the quasi-judicial administrative agency charged with administering collective bargaining statutes affecting more than two million public sector employees working in California. From 2005 to 2008, Ms. Dowdin Calvillo served in several senior cabinet level advisory positions to Governor Schwarzenegger, including as Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary and as Chief Deputy Appointments Secretary. Before joining the Governor’s Office, she was Governor Schwarzenegger’s appointed Legislative Director for the California Department of Toxic Substances Control.
Governor Pete Wilson appointed Ms. Dowdin Calvillo as a Chief Advisor to the California Integrated Waste Management Board in early 1998 and prior to that she was his appointment as Deputy Director of Legislation and Operations for the Managed Health Care Improvement Task Force. Ms. Dowdin Calvillo also served as the Chief Consultant to the California State Assembly Consumer Protection, Governmental Efficiency and Economic Development Committee in the mid 1990s. Before joining the Assembly staff, Ms. Dowdin Calvillo served in a variety of senior analytical positions within State civil service.
Ms. Dowdin Calvillo was first elected to two consecutive terms on the Auburn City Council from 1998 to 2005 and was Mayor in 2001 and 2005. During her tenure on the City Council, Ms. Dowdin Calvillo served on several commissions and committees, including the Placer County Economic Development Board (where she also served as Chair), Board of Directors for the Sacramento Area Council of Governments, Regional Wastewater Treatment and Storage Facility Joint Powers Authority, and Local Agency Formation Commission for Placer County. In addition, she was a member of the Sacramento Region Advisory Board for the Great Valley Center.
The Placer County Board of Supervisors appointed Ms. Dowdin Calvillo as the District 3 representative on the Placer County Parks Commission in 1997, where she served as its Chair in 1999 and 2000.
Ms. Dowdin Calvillo obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science-Public Service and in German from the University of California, Davis. She lives with her husband and their daughter in Auburn and is an avid trail runner and advocate for Auburn as the Endurance Capital of the World.