Marie was born in Colton, California to Cornelio and Elena Contreras as the sixth of nine children. They moved to Fremont, California in the late 1940’s and settled into the Centerville district. Marie attended Washington High School where she met her husband Larry Danner, Captain BART Police (retired). Marie continued her education at Ohlone College, where she and her husband both earned their AA degrees and were the first graduating class in 1970. Marie has two beautiful daughters Julia and Jennifer, both graduated from UC Berkeley in 1995. She is also very proud of Larry who graduated from USF in 1980.
Marie continued her education at Cal State East Bay in 1973-74. She also attended La Universidad de Guanajato Mexico Interpreters Symposiums in 1985 & 1990. Marie was awarded the Alumni of the Year Award from Ohlone College in 1984. Marie has been a Spanish Interpreter since being appointed and certified by presiding Judge of Fremont Municipal Courts, Judge Manuel Quaresma in1968. Soon After she was appointed and certified Spanish Interpreter to Hayward Municipal Courts by Judge Robert Byers in 1972. Marie was then certified as a California State Superior Court Interpreter by the Judicial Council for the State of California in1979 to the present day. Marie keeps her certification current by partaking in the Judicial Council’s continuing education classes (CIMCE credits) from 1979 to the present.
Marie is an active member of her community and has involved herself in many local and national organizations. She won her first Woman of the Year Award by MAPA, Mexican-American Political Association in1968. Her second Woman of the Year Award, given by Washington Township Business & Professional Woman’s Association was received in1968, her third Woman of the Year award was given by the California State Assembly in 1983, Marie was presented with an Outstanding Service Award at the State Convention for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1985. Her many years of dedication earned her an Outstanding Service Award from SAVE, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments, in 2002.
Marie was a Founding Member and Secretary to the board for the Babe Ruth Baseball Inc. of Fremont, a league for teens, in 1964. Marie was President of the Fremont Police Wives Association in 1968 and Secretary of the State of California Police Wives of the State of California. She was a Founding Member and Secretary of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in 1968. In 1969, Marie helped in the fundraising for the building of the Senior Citizens Center of Fremont. In 1971 she was a Founding Member of SAVE, Safe Alternatives to Violent Environments. Marie was president of Project Intercept a first time offender program for the Alameda County Courts in 1974. She also co-authored the Referendum for an Elected Mayor of the City of Fremont in 1975. Marie was appointed Commissioner by the Mayor of Fremont in 1975 to the Sister City Commission of Fremont and was Awarded for Outstanding Service in 2000. She joined NOW, National Organization for Women and NWPC, National Women’s Political Caucus in 1977 and was elected President of NWPC. She maintains her membership in both organizations. In 1978 Marie ran for the Alameda County School Board, she and Charlie Santana marched with Cesar Chavez in Union City to bring awareness to the local elections in 1978. That same year Marie was an organizer of Las Posadas, a 9 day neighborhood reenactment of the journey to Bethlehem by Mary and Joseph, it is now continued by the Fremont Chamber of Commerce.
Governor Jerry Brown appointed Marie to PORAC, Peace Officers Research Association of California in 1981. She was elected President of ECHO Housing, Eden Council for Hope and Opportunity, in 1981. Marie was appointed by Senator Bill Lockyear to California Democratic Committee in1982. She was also the Secretary for the 18th Assembly District in 1979. Marie and her husband Larry were guests of Delaine Easten,State Superintended of Schools to both of President Bill Clinton´s Inaugurations in 1993 and 1997. Her father, Cornelio Contreras was a founding member of the Comision Honorifica Mexicana, Inc. and Marie carries on the tradition as a board member for 15 years. She was elected Vice President/Secretary in 2000 and continues to this day. She was an HCAC Scholarship Program Founding Member and Treasurer in 1983, and received the Outstanding Service Award in 2000. In 1991, Marie worked on the Ohlone College Affirmative Action Committee for Ethnic Studies and Counselors. She led the Fundraising committee in 2003-4 for the construction and development of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Monument in Fremont Veterans Park.