Building a Community

Daniel Brin was first elected to the West Hills Neighborhood Council Board of Directors in 2003 and has served as its president since 2012.

In addition, he serves on the WHNC’s Beautification Committee, Ad Hoc Community/Senior Center Committee, Communications Committee, Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness Committee, Streets & Transportation Committee and Zoning & Planning Committee.

Daniel also chairs the nonprofit Foundation for Arts & Community Events and its Cinema Heritage Project, which promotes the arts and screens classic movies at the locations where they were made. In addition, he chairs the nonprofit Harry Bridges Project and is active in the Thomas Paine Society in Pasadena.

He grew up in the Westside of Los Angeles and had his formal education at Brandeis University and the University of California Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley. He began his professional career on the police beat for the legendary City News Bureau of Chicago before joining the Heritage newspapers, which served Jewish communities in many regions of California and Nevada.

For more than a quarter-century, he served as an editor and then as editor-in-chief of Heritage, working with his father, the renowned Jewish journalist and poet Herb Brin. When the Heritage papers folded in 2001, Daniel found a new position as managing editor and senior writer of a firm that produces magazines and newspapers for labor unions and health plan trust funds from coast to coast.

At the West Hills Neighborhood Council, Daniel focuses his energies into building the foundations of a successful community. Under his leadership, the WHNC’s reputation has soared as it became recognized throughout Los Angeles as a powerhouse of neighborhood empowerment. The WHNC’s 25-member board and its many high-functioning committees are widely admired and emulated.

Daniel is a founder and administrator of the 13,500-member “West Hills, California” Facebook page, a freewheeling forum that has become a model for other communities across Los Angeles.

As a member of the California Assembly representing the southwestern San Fernando Valley, Daniel Brin intends to apply all of his skills and knowledge toward serving the needs of residents and businesses from Calabasas to Encino and from Woodland Hills to parts of Northridge and Chatsworth.

Daniel is widowed with two grown children, Sarah Brin and Nathaniel Brin. In his free time, he enjoys riding his bicycle, hiking in the local hills, lifting weights, reading about American and world history, and meeting people in the community.