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District 1 - Diane Brooks Dixon (2018)
ddixon@newportbeachca.gov

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Diane Dixon is Council Member for District 1, City of Newport Beach. She was elected to the Newport Beach City Council in November, 2014. District 1 encompasses the Balboa Peninsula and ocean-facing West Newport community.  She was elected and served as Mayor 2015-2016.    Diane is honored to serve the residents of Newport Beach with a platform of fiscal discipline, transparency and listening to residents and business owners.  Diane currently serves as Chair of the Council’s Finance Committee and served for two years as Chair of the Water Quality and Tidelands Management Committee. 

Prior to serving in public office, Diane served for over 40 years as a senior executive in public and private company leadership responsible for global strategic communications and corporate affairs, including public relations, media relations, marketing communications, brand strategy, corporate philanthropy, community relations, government relations and public affairs. 

Diane served as a senior executive at Avery Dennison, a Fortune 500 public company with $6.5 billion in annual sales from 1981-2011.  At Avery Dennison, she was responsible for the company’s global communications and government relations, managing at the intersection of business and government, forging connections among business, government, communities and nonprofit organizations. 

Diane has had a four-decade commitment to community leadership and has served on several community boards:  United Way Orange County and United Way Los Angeles; YMCA Los Angeles; KCET public television;  USC Board of Councilors and Alumni Association; ALS Golden West Chapter; as well as educational institutions and child service agencies.  She knows how nonprofit organizations can work together with local government and businesses to accomplish goals to improve our communities.

She holds a political science degree from USC (1973, Honors).

Diane’s husband of 42 years, Patrick R. Dixon, has had a successful career in criminal justice prosecution.  Pat served for 38 years in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office, including 15 years as head of the office’s Major Crimes Unit and three years as Assistant District Attorney.  Their only child, Colleen Brooks Tompkins, is a former prosecutor with the Manhattan (NY) District Attorney’s office. Colleen and her husband Graves Tompkins are the parents of Diane and Pat’s grandsons, Brooks, Walker and Teddy Tompkins.

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