District Attorney Biography
District Attorney Diana Becton has spent most of her professional career as a judge, lawyer, and manager. In 2017, she was sworn in as the 25th District Attorney for Contra Costa County. Following her appointment from the Board of Supervisors, she was elected to the position in June 2018, and re-elected in June 2022. District Attorney Becton served for 22 years as a judge in Contra Costa County, where she was elected as Presiding Judge. She is the Past President of the National Association of Women Judges, the nation’s leading voice for women in the judiciary, and Past Chair of the State Bar Council on Access and Fairness.
District Attorney Becton leads a prosecutorial office of approximately 225 lawyers, investigators, and staff. She is the first woman, the first African American, and the first person of color to serve as Contra Costa District Attorney since the office was established in 1850.
Her message of reform and restoring trust includes a vision for an office that is fair, transparent, forward-thinking, committed to safeguarding all communities from crimes that threaten our health, well-being, and livelihood, and working on positive outcomes for youth.
A native of California she is a product of Oakland Public schools and a graduate of Golden Gate University School of Law. Most recently, District Attorney Becton earned a Masters of Theological Studies at the Pacific School of Religion.
District Attorney Becton has received the following honors:
- 2022 Benjamin Travis Lifetime Achievement Award, California Association of Black Lawyers
- 2021 Charles Houston Bar Association, Justice Clinton White Advocacy Award
- 2021 Community Service – NAACP Richmond Chapter
- 2020 Distinguished Alumni, Pacific School of Religion
- Woman of the Year 2019 for Senate District 9, Golden Gate University School of Law
- Judith McKelvey Distinguished Service Award 2019
- Crystal Gavel 2019, CABL Judicial North
- Madam C. J. Walker, 2018, Pioneer Award
- National Coalition of 100 Black Women, Inc., Oakland Bay Area Chapter, Woman on Fire Award, Ladies In Red (2019)
- Judge of the Year (2017), Black Women Lawyers of Southern California
- National Bar Association - Judicial Council, Thurgood Marshall Award 2017 (Toronto, Canada)
- League of Women Voters, Contra Costa County, “Social Justice Award”
- CABL Bernard S. Jefferson, Judge of the Year (2016)
- Honor for positive contributions to the City of Richmond (2016)
- National Organization of Black Law Enforcement, “Trail Blazer” for Community Service (2014)
- BWOPA Honoree 2013
- California Women Lawyers, “Rose Bird Memorial Award” (2012)
- American Business Women’s Association (2012) “Women of Distinction”
- California Women Lawyers, (2011-2012) Women of Distinction”
- KGO Channel 7 “African American Salute (2012)
- “Judicial Excellence Award,” California Association of Black Lawyers, Judicial Section (2011)
- “Judge of the Year” Alameda-Contra Costa Trial Lawyers Association (2007)
- “Award of Judicial Excellence, Charles Houston Bar Association” (2006)
- Black Women Lawyers of Northern California (2011)
- She was inducted into the Castlemont High School Hall of Fame in 2007, receiving the highest honor, as a “Knight in Shining Armor,” and she received the “Dumlao Martial Arts Image Award” (2011) for leadership and character within the martial arts studio.
District Attorney Becton serves is a frequent lecturer and panelist, and she continues to participate in many community outreach activities. She serves on the Board of Directors for The Family Justice Center, the West Contra Costa Youth Services Bureau, and the Castlemont High School Alumni Association. She is married and has two adult sons.