Meet the Team

  • Leadership Team
    Chandra Alexandre
    Chandra
    Alexandre
    Chief Executive Officer
    Chandra Alexandre
    Chandra
    Alexandre
    Chief Executive Officer

    Chandra Alexandre, the Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Marin, is a seasoned nonprofit executive and fund development professional with 20 years of experience supporting organizations to social justice outcomes. Her work has helped strengthen regional affordable housing and early childhood education initiatives, expand education reform strategies nationally, and resource grassroots-led movement building for global women’s rights.

    While at the Bay Area Council, she was commended by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her work leading outreach, community engagement, and fundraising to support the 2011 APEC Women & The Economy Summit hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton. Prior to her nonprofit roles, Chandra worked in financial services and for the US Department of State.

    She has taught both full-time and part-time students in the University of San Francisco’s Master’s in Nonprofit Administration program focused on philanthropy and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving her local chapter as President in 2019. She is a mentor nationally in the AFP Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Development Program and locally in the United Nations Association of San Francisco. She is a member of the Strive Together Leadership Program focused on equity efforts in Marin County. Chandra is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds a certificate in Ethical Leadership from the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. She graduated from Columbia with a dual degree in psychology and philosophy and holds MBA and Ph.D degrees.

    Chandra’s commitment to equity serves her well at Community Action Marin, where board and staff are standing with low-income families and individuals struggling to find opportunity and fulfill their dreams in challenging times. Her vision is to help propel local efforts to eradicate disparities forward while promoting self-sufficiency for all in a county that has the largest inequities between racial groups in California. Doing this will require a healing-centered approach that brings awareness of community trauma to the fore. Under her leadership, Community Action Marin will continue to provide the high-quality services necessary to meet community needs while also fostering and advocating for a thriving Marin County.

    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Director
    Economic Opportunity
    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Director
    Economic Opportunity

    Heather Bettini grew up in Marin County and is passionate about advancing social justice and equity so everyone has the opportunity to reach his/her full potential. Heather is Community Action Marin’s Economic Opportunity Director, and in this capacity, she leads the implementation of a proven financial/career coaching model and delivery of basic needs services that mitigate economic disparities in the community. Part of her work focuses on bridging resource gaps for low-income families who are unable to make ends meet, largely due to the 48% cost of living increase in Marin County over the past four years (2014-2018).  

    Prior to working at Community Action Marin, Heather led a national pilot project administered by the Center for Law and Social Policy and the American Association of Community Colleges, which demonstrated that when low-income students accessed additional financial support services, they realized greater success in school and in their careers. Heather earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences with a focus in Cross-Cultural Studies, and minors in International Relations and French.  

    Heather has worked with the United Nations Environment Program in several capacities in Kenya, Germany and South Korea. Heather was a Peace Corps Master’s International student at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Montereywhere she earned a Master of Public Administration in International Management degree while serving as a Youth Development Peace Corps Volunteer in Belize City, Belize. While there, she conducted research on cognitive and emotional challenges Belizean children faced that impeded integration into their schools and communities. Heather is proficient in French and Creole and has basic Spanish skills. 

    Rommel Carrera
    Rommel
    Carrera
    Director of Family Services
    Rommel Carrera
    Rommel
    Carrera
    Director of Family Services

    Rommel joined Community Action Marin as Director of Family Services in 2020, bringing over 10 years of experience in Nonprofits and Social Justice, both locally and internationally.

    Driven by his passion for education, equity and inclusion, he takes pride in providing the best services possible for families and community members.

    Rommel was born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, and his goals include providing tools and programs that benefit families in need.

    His favorite quote is, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

    Russell Farnell
    Russell
    Farnell
    Director of Finance
    Russell Farnell
    Russell
    Farnell
    Director of Finance

    Russell joined Community Action Marin as Director of Finance in December 2020, bringing over 25 years of experience in running finance departments. Russell has served previously in similar roles at The Linux Foundation, AKQA, and J Walter Thompson amongst others. Russell first began a career in accounting with Arthur Andersen in the early 1990’s.  During his time working in their Audit & Business Advisory Department, he also obtained his qualification as an ACA (UK equivalent of a CPA).

    Russell was raised in the North of England as the youngest child in a family of 2 kids.  He has a passion for animals having volunteered at Marin Humane for several years, and also for triathlon having completed multiple events at various distances.

    Russell holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry from Oxford University.  He now lives in San Rafael with his two children, their dog, cats, and chickens.

    Gina Guillemette
    Gina
    Guillemette
    Chief of Staff Fellow
    Gina Guillemette
    Gina
    Guillemette
    Chief of Staff Fellow

    Gina Guillemette is committed to individual, organizational and social change that advances human dignity and justice. With over 20 years of nonprofit experience, Gina’s strategic and operational leadership skills are grounded in deep expertise in the work of community-based, direct service organizations. She has led organizational development efforts as well as public policy and advocacy initiatives strengthening public and private systems related to early childhood education and family support, immigrant and refugee rights, income supports and asset building for people with low incomes, as well as housing, health care, and human services for underserved communities.

    At Community Action Marin, Gina works with individual leaders and teams to leverage the knowledge, experience, passion and skills present in each person as well as the collective toward our shared goals to transform Marin County into a place where every person can thrive.

    Gina received a Master of Social Work degree from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, a Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a Bachelor’s degree from Alma College. Prior to joining the team at CAM, Gina has served in a variety of nonprofit leadership roles, including with the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership and Parent Services Project in California, and Heartland Alliance for Human Needs & Human Rights and the Ounce of Prevention Fund in Chicago, IL.

    Laurel Hill
    Laurel
    Hill
    Director
    Safety Net Services
    Laurel Hill
    Laurel
    Hill
    Director
    Safety Net Services

    Laurel Hill, Vice President of Mental Health Services, is an experienced executive with a long history in civic and social services.  She has worked at Community Action Marin for 29 years in various roles, including as a Program Manager, VP of Children and Family Services, and Deputy Director.   

    In her present role, Laurel oversees all of the agency’s adult- and family-serving programs including Peer Mental Health, Family Partners, Economic Opportunity and Central Kitchen; collectively these programs serve 1,500 people a year with a budget of over $4 M and 45 staff.  Laurel has deep experience managing State- and Federally-funded programs, and is particularly skilled at results-oriented outcome management, budget development and management, and outcome data collection and analysis. 

    Laurel’s prior professional experience includes work in the planning department for the City of Fairfax, and in escrow for a local real estate company. 

    Born and raised in Marin County, Laurel has a passion for galvanizing the community to engineer local solutions to local conditions of poverty, and promoting maximum participation in civic life for those with low incomes.  

    She earned her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University with a focus in English Language and Literature/Letters.  She now lives in Petaluma and enjoys gardening, the beach, and time with nearby familyincluding a 23-year-old daughter and two stepsons, both in their thirties. 

    Monique Liebhard
    Monique
    Liebhard
    Vice President, Children and Family Services
    Monique Liebhard
    Monique
    Liebhard
    Vice President, Children and Family Services

    Monique Liebhard began her career in the field of early childhood education as a preschool teacher in Oakland CA.  She has more than twenty-five years of experience and her expertise spans from early intervention, case management, state subsidized childcare, to grants management and facilities development. She has served as the director of several large child development centers inclusive of Head Start and California Department of Education funding and has been involved in projects that have influenced early care and education for childcare initiatives in the state of California, such as First 5 California, California Early Childhood Mentor Program, West Ed-California Inclusion Behavior Consultation (CIBC) project, and several county QRIS programs. Additionally, she has taught courses in Early Childhood Education and Human Development at several California Community Colleges and holds a Master of Science degree in Educational Psychology.

    Korinna Pedrosa
    Korinna
    Pedrosa
    Director of Human Resources
    Korinna Pedrosa
    Korinna
    Pedrosa
    Director of Human Resources

    Korinna Pedrosa joined Community Action Marin in June 2021 as the Director of Human Resources. As a member of the executive team, she is responsible for leading efforts to obtain the highest level of recruitment, development and retention of high-performing, mission-aligned employees. Her role involves defining and shaping the organizational culture, nurturing employee engagement, and implementing people practices that increase the agency’s capacity to fulfill its mission. In her role, she also ensures the agency provides a safe and positive work environment in compliance with legal regulations and in alignment with the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion.

    Prior to joining CAM, Korinna held several HR leadership roles for various organizations including Fresno Economic Opportunities Commission, one of the largest community action agencies in the U.S. As an HR consultant she supported several nonprofits dedicated to serving low income, at-risk and underserved populations.

    She holds an MBA from University of Phoenix, and BA in Mass Communication and Journalism from California State University, Fresno and is HR certified. Her professional community involvement includes having served on the board of Central California Society for Human Resource Management, including as President, and coaching other HR professionals in obtaining professional certification.

    In her free time, Korinna enjoys adventures with her mini schnauzer, outdoor activities and spending time with her two grandsons.

    Margot Tanner Segal
    Margot
    Tanner
    Segal
    Encore Fellow, Director of Marketing
    Margot Tanner Segal
    Margot
    Tanner
    Segal
    Encore Fellow, Director of Marketing

    Margot joined CAM as an Encore Fellow, Director of Marketing, in September, 2021; bringing 40 years of experience in marketing strategic planning, program management and execution in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

    Margot has served previously as Chief Marketing & Operations Officer at Edventure More (EDMO) an educational enrichment nonprofit, as President at her own consulting firm and in key management roles at a variety of major advertising agencies in Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco.

    Margot first began a career in marketing as an Account Coordinator for Sieber & McIntyre, a healthcare advertising agency. In this role, she gained invaluable experience in producing successful targeted marketing campaigns and all of the detail that goes into their planning, creative and production processes. Work included television, radio, direct mail, and print for a variety of pharmaceutical companies. This job was just the first step in what Margot considers a highly rewarding career ladder.

    Margot was raised in New York, Philadelphia, New Jersey and later Chicago, as the youngest in a family of two children.  She has a passion for equity and is thrilled to use her marketing expertise to help Community Action Marin’s mission of breaking down the barriers that get in the way of self-sufficiency and providing the services that people need.

    Margot holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Retailing, with a minor in Advertising from Syracuse University. She now lives in Corte Madera with her husband Alan, her twins Harrison and Sydney, cat Indy and dog Cali. She enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with family, and traveling.

  • Administration and Program Leadership
    Iris Allen-Willis
    Iris
    Allen-Willis
    Direct Services Manager of Peer Support Specialists
    Iris Allen-Willis
    Iris
    Allen-Willis
    Direct Services Manager of Peer Support Specialists

    In her role, Iris reviews Medi-Cal billing for Direct Service Peer Providers. She is also Marin County’s representative for the CalMHSA Stakeholder Advisory Board.

    In the past, Iris has served as a Case Manager for Marin County’s Odyssey Program, which supports adults who struggle with severe mental health symptoms and, as a result, are homeless or at risk of being homeless.

    Iris holds a B.A. in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy from Fisk University. She was raised in the Bay Area as the oldest of three children. Iris has a passion for jazz and politics.

    Shuddha Butler
    Shuddha
    Butler
    Director of Operations
    Shuddha Butler
    Shuddha
    Butler
    Director of Operations

    Shuddha joined Community Action Marin in February 2019 as Executive Assistant to the CEO and is now the Director of Operations.  In addition to supporting the CEO’s strategic work, she has oversight of the agency’s office management procedures. 

    Shuddha previously worked at Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa for 12 years, in a variety of roles with progressive responsibilities, advancing from Administrative Assistant to Accountant to Community Benefits Coordinator.  She brings exceptional organizational and time management skills to her role. Passionate about the agency’s mission, Shuddha enjoys being part of something larger that serves those in need.  Shuddha holds a B.S. in Business Management with an Accounting concentration.  She lives in Napa and enjoys traveling, yoga, reading, meditation, hiking, and trips to the beach. 

    Sadaf Fakhri
    Sadaf
    Fakhri
    Compliance & Development Manager
    Sadaf Fakhri
    Sadaf
    Fakhri
    Compliance & Development Manager

    Sadaf joined Community Action Marin in December 2017 as a Grants Administrator. She was quickly given an added role in fundraising, and then promoted to Compliance and Development Manager. In this role, Sadaf administrates and manages the agency’s compliance with over $20 million worth of grants/contracts received through different funding sources; Government, State, Private Foundations, Corporations, Institutions, and Family Foundations. She also supports the fundraising cycle, from prospect research, to cultivation, to generating grant proposals, to stewardship, and pipeline updating. 

    Sadaf has also played a vital role in successfully leading the migration of Community Action Marin’s data from paper to its very first fundraising database – Raiser’s Edge.  She is always ensuring data integrity across internal financial systems (Financial Edge) and the development team’s fundraising database (Raiser’s Edge) for internal and external reporting.   

    Sadaf has a Master’s of Business Administration with a Strategy and Innovation concentration, and over nine years of experience with a diverse background in managing grants, procurement, contracts, compliance, administration, project management, fundraising, and data analysis with for profit and non-profit organizations.  Growing up in a war zone country, Afghanistan, Sadaf has a passion to be of service to people in need. She enjoys being part of an agency which makes a huge difference in people’s lives, lives in Marin, and enjoys hiking, biking, reading, traveling, and cooking. 

    Dawn Hensley
    Dawn
    Hensley
    Family Partners Director
    Family and Community Services
    Gary Neal
    Gary
    Neal
    Facilities & Contract Manager
    Gary Neal
    Gary
    Neal
    Facilities & Contract Manager

    Gary Neal joined Community Action Marin in April of 2011 as a night janitor working at Old Gallinas Children Center. After three years he moved to facilities maintenance.

    Prior to Community Action Marin, Gary worked the night shifts at Safeway stocking shelves and UPS loading the brown trucks. He also sold electronic equipment on eBay when eBay first started. His choices all supported being a stay-at-home dad to raise his son. His true calling was Landscape Contracting which he worked at for many years.

    He shares his Santa Venetia home with his son, wife, two cats, two parrots and a snake. Gary has enjoyed backpacking, fly fishing in the past. He currently likes to read in his leisure time, and has a love of gardening his vegetables, roses and an outrageous lemon tree.

    He attended UC Davis, where he met his wife of 31 years, and studied Biochemistry.

    Janis Sturdevant
    Janis
    Sturdevant
    Marketing & Communications Manager
  • Board of Directors
    Roger Crawford
    Roger
    Crawford
    President & Board Chair
    Roger Crawford
    Roger
    Crawford
    President & Board Chair

    Roger Crawford has lived in Marin County for 12 years and has been a member of the Board of Directors for five years.  Roger currently works as the Equal Employment Director for the County of Marin.  In that role, he shares responsibility for the development and implementation of the county’s Diversity and Inclusion policies as well as the county’s Race Equity Plan.

    Roger is an employment attorney and before working for the county, he worked in San Francisco at the employment law firm, Jackson Lewis and Liebert Cassidy Whitmore.  Roger is originally from New York and he received his B.A. from Connecticut College and his law degree from Villanova University.  Roger brings his commitment to equity and social justice as well as his legal background to the agency’s Board of Directors.   Roger is married with three children.

    Chris Carey
    Chris
    Carey
    Secretary of the Board
    Mary Donovan
    Mary
    Donovan
    Vice Chair
    James McLean
    James
    McLean
    Treasurer of the Board
    James McLean
    James
    McLean
    Treasurer of the Board

    James is currently the CFO at IDEO.org where he oversees the Finance and Accounting function, Business Operations and Human Resources for IDEO.org across all of the studios in the United States as well as Kenya.

    James has been doing non-profit financial work for more than 15 years and most recently was the CFO at The Opportunity Institute. At The Opportunity Institute, James was one of the forming Board of Directors and helped build the organization from the ground up. Before that, James was VP of Finance and Administration at Next Generation where he oversaw the organization’s finances, Human Resources, and IT. James has also held finance positions at World Savvy and Hispanic Scholarship Fund. Before jumping into non-profit finance, James was a high school teacher at George Washington High School in San Francisco as well as an Institutional Salesperson on the Asian equities desk at HSBC.

    James holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Diego and a Master’s in Education from the University of San Francisco. When not in the office, James can be found on the trails of Marin with his wife, 2 kids and 2 dogs.

    Maria Frias
    Maria
    Frias
    Board Member
    Meredith Parnell
    Meredith
    Parnell
    Board Member, At Large
    Meredith Parnell
    Meredith
    Parnell
    Board Member, At Large

    Meredith Parnell grew up in Marin, where her parents were involved in local politics and taught her about the power of an organized citizenry. A former attorney, she has worked in the non-profit world for the last sixteen years, directing communications for Congregation Rodef Sholom and serving as executive director at MarinKids. Now working at the St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin, she has also been a leader with Marin Organizing Committee since its beginnings in the early 2000s, fighting hard for funding for the public safety net, establishing renter protections, and protecting undocumented essential workers.

    Tony Psychoyos
    Tony
    Psychoyos
    Board Member
    Jennifer McInnis
    Jennifer
    McInnis
    Board Member, At Large
    Jennifer McInnis
    Jennifer
    McInnis
    Board Member, At Large

    Jennifer came to the board of Community Action Marin through service to Marin Head Start as a liaison for Policy Council, a program oversight group comprised of Head Start parents elected each year.  She is fluent in Spanish and has a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the University of Nevada, Reno.  The mission of Community Action Marin to reduce poverty and promote equity speaks to her on a personal level and motivated her continued engagement this year as a board member.  Jennifer comes from a diverse background and being a part of the low-income community has inspired her to search out means in which to be of service to others. In this search she found Community Action Marin and is looking forward to many years of service to our community.

    Samantha Ramirez
    Samantha
    Ramirez
    Board Member
    Joe Simmons
    Joe
    Simmons
    Board Member, At Large
    Joe Simmons
    Joe
    Simmons
    Board Member, At Large

    Joe Simmons is now retired after a career of forty-five years in urban planning and low-income housing financing.  He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rice University, a Masters in Regional and Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in urban planning from UCLA.  His professional career has included working for the Mayor’s Office in Denver and teaching at the University of Colorado and Iowa State University.  Following his doctoral studies, he found that his planning experience provided a seamless transition into the financing of low income housing.  The last twenty years of his working life were spent in the provision of funding for nonprofit low-income and community facility developers throughout the country.  After retiring in 2012, Joe still resides in Novato, and has become active on boards in Marin County.

    Cheryl Timoney
    Cheryl
    Timoney
    Board Member
    Cheryl Timoney
    Cheryl
    Timoney
    Board Member

    Cheryl Timoney is currently Senior Director, Customer Philanthropy at Salesforce.org, the social enterprise and philanthropic arm of Salesforce. At Salesforce.org, Cheryl leads the corporate philanthropy strategy to partner nonprofit and education institutions with the best of Salesforce technology and talent so they can better achieve their missions.

    Prior to Salesforce.org, Cheryl managed pro bono volunteer programs with Taproot Foundation, and spent many years at nonprofits in the Bay Area developing community and economic development programs to increase access to housing, childcare, asset-building, and mental health services for low-income residents.

    Cheryl brings her experience building high impact and cross-sector initiatives that engage corporations, nonprofits, and community members to the CAM mission and board. Cheryl lives in Marin County with her husband and young children.

    Nicolette Van Exel
    Nicolette
    Van
    Exel
    Board Member
    Nicolette Van Exel
    Nicolette
    Van
    Exel
    Board Member

    Nico joined the CAM Board in July 2021, bringing twenty years of experience driving social and environmental impact in the nonprofit and private sector.

    Nico leads her own consulting practice, NVE Social Impact Services, which is focused on helping corporate and nonprofit clients implement social impact and sustainability strategies and programs, with a primary focus on climate and social justice solutions.

    Prior to that, she served as the Head of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) at Intuit and at SAP, both global technology companies based in Silicon Valley. Nico spent the first ten years of her career working with global brands to reduce modern slavery in their supply chains, including at Intertek, a global monitoring firm, and at Business for Social Responsibility (BSR), a global sustainability consultancy.

    Nico was born and raised in the Netherlands. She has lived in Hong Kong, South Korea, and the UK, and she now resides in Marin County with her husband, two children, and dog. She enjoys spending time in the outdoors, either hiking, biking, or sailing.

    Nico holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of the Hague, and a Master’s degree in International Relations from the University of Amsterdam.

We want to create lasting impact in Marin. We are inspired and taking action to make real our commitments to community. I'm proud to be part of this incredible partnership of staff, board, and community today. Meet the team at Community Action Marin.

Amanda McCarthy > Board Member and Parent
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