Council Member Donna Benfield, was born in Southern California, she moved to Idaho in 1979 and opened the Coast to Coast Hardware store in Rexburg. Donna and her husband have been in several businesses in Rexburg for the past 34 years. They have 2 children and 7 beautiful grandchildren. Fifteen years ago she left the family business to become the Executive Director of the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce and the Idaho International Folk Dance Festival now know to all as the Idaho International Summerfest. In 2014 she was promoted to the position of President/CEO of the Rexburg Area Chamber of Commerce and she still has the passion and excitement she did when she was hired fifteen years ago.
In 2000, she was elected to the Rexburg City Council and is currently serving her fourth term. Donna loves Idaho and has no problem telling people why they should come to Idaho to visit or better yet, to relocate their business and reside. One of her favorite quotes is from Ernest Hemingway who said, “When a man (or woman) feels at home in a place he wasn’t born, it’s where he’s supposed to be.” Donna and her family love Idaho and consider it “home”.