Dianne D. Felton
Chairman of the Board
Dianne Daiss “D.D.” Felton became Chairman of the Board of Mechanics Bank in May 2010, the fourth generation of the founding Downer family to serve in this capacity. A great-granddaughter of E.M. Downer, the bank’s founder, she joined the board in 1981, and was elected vice chairman in 2002.
Ms. Felton has served on the board’s Executive and Governance and Nominations Committees and has chaired the Audit Committee since 1982. One of her primary responsibilities has been to serve as the director of education for the board. She led efforts to create the Family Council of the bank to ensure the smooth transition from one generation of family ownership to the next.
Ms. Felton joined Mechanics Bank’s board after working at Bank of America where she provided personal financial planning for executives, a precursor to the development of the bank’s private banking division. After working at Bank of America, she served as president of an auto leasing company.
A graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Statistics and Mathematics, she also attended Director’s College at Stanford University, and the Northwestern University Kellogg Graduate School of Business and Management.
In addition to her bank duties, Ms. Felton is a member of the board of UC Berkeley-based Cal Performances, one of the leading nonprofit performing arts presenters in the nation. She also serves as a board member of the Orinda Garden Club.
Ms. Felton’s many prior community activities have included serving as founder and board secretary of the Glenbrook Club at Lake Tahoe, an environmentally sensitive community and membership organization created to forestall excessive and damaging development; serving on the community advisory board of the Junior League of the East Bay; and serving in various parent club board positions in the Orinda and Acalanes public school districts. She also served on the Board of Councilors of the Save The Redwoods League, and in various board positions for St. Luke’s Hospital Jr. Auxiliary.