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Our Community Action Marin team is made up of a diverse set of individuals that mirror our Marin community. These caring people drive the leadership of our agency, are passionate about our mission, and are on the front lines daily creating a stronger community. Take a look at those individuals who contribute to making Community Action Marin the largest social services provider in the county, and enable us to bring our services to thousands of Marin families each year. 

  • 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 over 20 years of experience supporting organizations to social justice outcomes. Her work has helped to 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.

    Earlier in her career at the Bay Area Council, Chandra 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.

    Chandra has taught fundraising and philanthropy at the University of San Francisco and is proud to serve on their Master’s in Nonprofit Administration Advisory Board. She is board chair of the Marin Promise Partnership, a board member at Presidio Graduate School where she received her MBA in sustainable management, and on the Advisory Council of United Way Bay Area.

    Chandra is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) and holds certificates in both Ethical Leadership and DEI for Human Resources. She graduated from Columbia with a dual degree in psychology and philosophy and holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion with a focus on Asian & Comparative Studies.

    Chandra’s vision for Community Action Marin is to strengthen levers for change that ensure high-quality services necessary to meet community needs, shifts in narratives about poverty, increased power in community, and advocacy that disrupts the normative in favor of an equitable and thriving Marin County.

    Jennifer Thater
    Jennifer
    Thater
    Mental Health Services Director
    Jennifer Thater
    Jennifer
    Thater
    Mental Health Services Director

    Jennifer Thater joined Community Action Marin as the Mental Health Services Director in November, 2021, bringing six years of experience in Director Mental Health Services; including Peer Program Development and Vocational Support Services.

    Jennifer has served previously as the Program Director for the Innovations Community Center and an MHSA funded Peer Led Wellness Center, under the leadership of On The Move Bay Area in partnership with Napa County Mental Health Services.

    She first began a career in the field of Mental Health as Administrative Director of a peer led vocational training program.  In this role, she gained invaluable experience in peer program development as well as experience in contract management and building relationships with service clients, contract partners, and community agencies.

    Jennifer was raised in Texas, New Mexico and California.  She was an only child and growing up she had a multidisciplinary upbringing that provided her with the opportunity to learn a great deal about a lot of things from family members and her extended “friend family”.   She has a passion for learning and for advocating on behalf of everyone’s right to experience hospitality, partnership, and love.

    Jennifer holds a BA in Liberal Arts from Sonoma State University.  She now lives in Napa with her son, their two cats and their two fish.  Her hobbies include writing, cooking, and gardening.

    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Director, Economic Justice
    Heather Bettini
    Heather
    Bettini
    Director, Economic Justice

    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 Justice Director, and in this capacity, she leads the implementation of a proven financial and career coaching model that mitigates economic disparities in the community. Heather also oversees the agency’s workforce development programs which provide the training and skills for community members to secure living-wage employment in high-demand industries.. Part of her work focuses on bridging resource gaps for low-income families who are unable to make ends meet, largely due to the rapidly rising cost of living in Marin County.

    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 Monterey, where 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.

    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. 

    Rommel Carrera
    Rommel
    Carrera
    Director of Community Partnerships
    Rommel Carrera
    Rommel
    Carrera
    Director of Community Partnerships

    Rommel is Community Action Marin’s Director of Community Partnerships. This is Rommel’s second role at the agency, having joined as the Director of Family Services in 2020. Rommel brings over 10 years of experience in non-profits and social justice, both locally and internationally, to his role.

    Driven by his passion for education, equity and inclusion, Rommel 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.”

    Gina Guillemette
    Gina
    Guillemette
    Chief Strategy Officer
    Gina Guillemette
    Gina
    Guillemette
    Chief Strategy Officer

    Gina Guillemette is committed to individual, organizational and social change that advances human dignity and justice. With over 20 years of non-profit 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. 

    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 Segal
    Margot
    Segal
    Director of Marketing
    Margot Segal
    Margot
    Segal
    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.

    Liz Valone
    Liz
    Valone
    Vice President, Program & Strategic Initiatives
    Liz Valone
    Liz
    Valone
    Vice President, Program & Strategic Initiatives

    Liz joined Community Action Marin as Vice President of Program & Strategic Initiatives in December 2021, bringing 15 years of experience in non-profit management, program design, and business development for U.S. and international non-profit organizations.

    Liz has served previously as Senior Program Development Advisor and Program Director at Mercy Corps, an international non-profit that provides lifesaving humanitarian assistance and long-term development support in over 40 countries. Based in East Africa for six years, she led the design and implementation of country-level and regional initiatives. Her work included raising $115M for Mercy Corps for both humanitarian and development-focused programming.

    Liz first began her career as a non-profit consultant at Odell, Simms & Lynch based in the Washington DC area. Later, she worked as the Director of Training & Development at a social service non-profit organization – Women’s Housing & Economic Development Corporation (WHEDCo), located in the South Bronx. At WHEDCo, Liz led the training, mentorship and establishment of over 80 new businesses among low-income female entrepreneurs. Across these roles, she gained invaluable experience in partnership development, program design, and business development.

    Liz holds a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College.  She now lives in Ross and enjoys outdoor activities, including trail running and hiking.

     

  • Program Managers/Directors
    Buntawan Vamnutjinda
    Buntawan
    Vamnutjinda
    Site Manager, Hamilton
    Buntawan Vamnutjinda
    Buntawan
    Vamnutjinda
    Site Manager, Hamilton

    Buntawan joined Community Action Marin as an Early Head Start Site Manager in July of 2020, coming to the organization with over 20 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education. She started with the agency, first in 2010 as an Early Head Start Teacher, then later becoming Site Manager for Early Head Start, Hamilton. 

    Her career first began in Early Childhood Education as an Infant/Toddler Teacher and Preschool Teacher at the Cross Cultural Family Center. In these roles, she gained more interest in individual child development, nature versus nurture studies, family studies, diversity, cultural differences, and human development. Her work included getting to know the family and the ways in which each has its own cultural values, which are reflected in their child-rearing and expectations of their children during developmental milestones.

    Buntawan has a passion for taking care of others and is naturally nurturing. In her childhood, she enjoyed caring for others who needed help and this has continued on through today, as it is both fulfilling and brings purpose to her life. 

    Buntawan was raised in Thailand as the middle child in a family of three daughters. She earned her Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Child and Adolescent Development and Master’s degree (MA) in Early Childhood Education from San Francisco State University. She now lives in San Pablo with her family and enjoys reading and hiking during her free time. 

    Esmeralda Garcia
    Esmeralda
    Garcia
    Program Support Manager
    Esmeralda Garcia
    Esmeralda
    Garcia
    Program Support Manager

    Esmeralda joined Community Action Marin as the Mental Health Education & Program Support Manager in November 2021. She brings to the agency, over thirty years of experience in building cross-functional teams by creating frameworks that sustain healthy working relationships and mindful communication.

    Esmeralda, presently serves on the HIV/AIDS Council, Marin County as Co-President. Previously she served on the Human Rights Commission of Marin County, Board of Community Action Marin. She also formerly worked as a Patients’ Rights Advocate at Community Action Marin, Operational Manager at Mercy Corporation, and Program Coordinator/Counselor Advocate Supervisor at My Sisters’ Place in Westchester, New York.

    Esmeralda first began her career in civic engagement with the American Red Cross. She has worked with many nationally known not for profits throughout her career. She has gained invaluable experience in advocacy and our responsibility to create an equitable society in her various roles. Her work has included providing advocacy, program development and management, and community organizing.

    Esmeralda was born in Chicago, Illinois, and raised in Brooklyn, New York as the oldest child in a family of three sisters. She has a passion for social justice and promoting change. Esmeralda also holds a Master of Business Administration with a Concentration in Healthcare Leadership from Dominican University of California. She now lives in Mill Valley with her husband and has a son living with his wife and daughter in Bremerton, Washington. Se enjoys volunteering, going to the gym, hiking, traveling, and learning.

    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. 

    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
    Brand & Communications Manager
    Janis Sturdevant
    Janis
    Sturdevant
    Brand & Communications Manager

    Janis joined Community Action Marin in October 2017, initially as the Fiscal Administrator of the Mental Health Program. With over 30 years as a marketing and creative professional, a position was created for Janis the following year, naming her as the agency’s first Marketing and Communications Manager.

    Using her talents in design, project management, and photography, Janis played a vital role in building the foundation of the agency’s newly created brand identity.

    In creating and evolving communications building blocks, Janis develops and maintains the agency’s resource library of stories and content, supports outreach to the community and all fund development efforts. With her new title of Brand and Communications Manager, Janis is developing the agency’s first ambassador program, a brand toolkit, and implementing a new Digital Asset Management (DAM) System; all in support of the agency’s growth and development.

    Janis has held numerous creative positions at ad agencies and design firms, in addition to launching direct marketing, catalog design, and photography agencies. She has worked with national Fortune 500 businesses and supported fundraising efforts for the National Boy and Girls Scouts, Easter Seals, US Olympic Society, and non-profits including The Salvation Army and American Lung Association.

    Janis has a BFA in Graphic Design/Illustration from Colorado State University and pursued post-grad education in fine arts at the Academy of Art College in San Francisco and advertising at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA.

    Janis enjoys doing anything creative, music, fine art, photography, writing, film, as well as the great outdoors, and spending time with friends and family.

  • 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.

    Christopher Carey
    Christopher
    Carey
    Secretary of the Board
    Christopher Carey
    Christopher
    Carey
    Secretary of the Board

    Christopher Carey has lived in Marin County for 12 years and has been a member of the Board of Directors for the last two years.  In addition to Community Action Marin, Chris is a board member of the Novato South Little League and serves as a site council member to his local public elementary school.

    Chris is currently head of product at Ripple Health Group. At Ripple, Chris’s mission is leading the product organization to build innovative solutions/businesses so that people can experience healthier lives by connecting them to the care, support, and community they need.

    Prior to Ripple, Chris served as Chief Product Office of Rally Health (acquired by UnitedHealthGroup) whose mission was to build digital experiences that make it easier to access care and stay healthy while helping lower costs.

    Originally from southern Illinois, Chris brings his commitment to ensuring Marin makes progress in ensuring everyone living in our community can thrive.

    Mary Donovan
    Mary
    Donovan
    Vice Chair
    Mary Donovan
    Mary
    Donovan
    Vice Chair

    Mary spent most of her career at the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services. During her 35 years in the Department, Mary managed all of the welfare programs as well as the Employment and Economic Assistance Division. As the Director of the Workforce Investment Board, she worked collaboratively with county employers, educational institutions, non-profits, and labor organizations.  

    Although currently retired, during her tenure at the Marin County Department of Health, Mary partnered with Community Action Marin on many projects serving theirs and Community Action Marin’s mutual clientele. Based on Mary’s admiration for both Community Action Marin’s mission and the work that the agency has done in the county, she has chosen to spend her volunteer time, post-retirement working with the agency on the board/ 

    Mary grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a Marin County resident for most of her adult life.   

    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
    Maria Frias
    Maria
    Frias
    Board Member

    Immigrating to Marin County from Mexico City, Mexico at the age of five was a formative life experience for Maria, which she says continues to influence her relationship with her community. Being a working-class immigrant, she was exposed to the difficulty in accessing and navigating resources, assisting her parents with their ESL homework, and experiencing discrimination both at school and in the community. 

    Maria came onto the Community Action Marin Board in 2019 after a stretch of personal life experiences which prepared her to work as a Peer Counselor, and more recently a Support Service Worker with the County of Marin Behavioral Health and Recovery Services. Each day, Maria assists our indigent and marginalized community members that live with a severe mental illness attain access to resources, get support in their recovery, and be treated with dignity. It is her philosophy that everyone wants to be seen, heard, and feel a part of the community. It is for that reason that Maria is a proud member of Community Action Marin. 

     

    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
    Tony Psychoyos
    Tony
    Psychoyos
    Board Member

    Tony Psychoyos joined the CAM board in 2020.  Before retiring, he rotated through various capacities in finance and has a 30-year work history that culminated as VP of Financial Planning and Analysis at the New York Stock Exchange.  

    Tony was born and raised in Latin America and comes from a Greek family that settled there during the construction of the Panama Canal.  His professional tenure and cultural background are bookended with positions in international corporate boards and service in non-profits that showcase his passion for cultural diversity and equity.  

    Tony has finance degrees from both the College of William and Mary and UC Berkeley.  On his off-time, Tony can be found enjoying the outdoors and travelling with his three kids. 

    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
    Samantha Ramirez
    Samantha
    Ramirez
    Board Member

    Samantha is currently the Senior Program Coordinator for the Youth Leadership Institute-Marin Office. In her role, Samantha coordinates the Marin County Youth Commission and facilitates leadership programs for youth in Novato and San Rafael. She loves working in partnership with young people and together accomplishing great things. Samantha is constantly inspired by her students and feels grateful to be able to do this important work.

    She is passionate about helping others and empowering them through knowledge and resources. She wants our community to thrive and to her, that is what Community Action Marin is all about.

    As a Board member she has helped to create a financial literacy program for Transitional aged youth. The program included 1 on 1 coaching, group sessions and cooking classes. As Samantha has personally been affected by finances and lack of knowing how to save and invest in her future, it has been amazing to give youth the tools and knowledge of finances to thrive! 

    Samantha is a first generation college graduate and the daughter of immigrants from Central America. In her free time, Samantha enjoys music and dancing. She is also a very crafty and artsy person and loves journaling and scrapbooking. 

     

    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 Vice President, 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.

Take a look at the diverse demographics of our team

As a leading employer in the county with 200 employees, we are transparent around the race and gender makeup of our staff, leadership, and board of directors. We seek to attract, retain, nurture, and grow a diverse workforce. We also strive to be welcoming and inclusive in our policies and practices, with mindfulness on equity to ensure that people of color and people of low income are supported and have equal access to opportunities in our agency.

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.

Amanda McCarthy > Board Chair 2013-2019