Heart of Marin Awards

Where volunteers, nonprofits, and leaders shine.

Heart of Marin 30th Annual

$35,000 in awards in eight categories, recognizing and honoring Marin County’s outstanding nonprofit volunteers, leaders, and organizations. Review the award categories, below.

Meet Marin County’s 2022 Nominees

The Excellence in Board Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Marin nonprofit board of directors.

Award Sponsor: BioMarin

2022 Nominees:

Laura Anderson, Marin Healthy Youth Partnerships

Dr. Colleen Arnold, Matrix Parent Network and Resource Center

Chris Cabral, Trips for Kids Bay Area

Bruce Goines, Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority

Dr. Jason Lau, Marin YMCA

Marc Loupe, Alzheimer’s Association

Mary Jane Luck, SHE-CAN

Marty Meade, Marin American Indian Alliance

David Neagle, Ritter Center

Pamela Parker, Southern Marin Mothers’ Club

Carol Rebscher, San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Marion Soloway, Pony Barnes Foundation

Cheryl Sorokin, Marin Villages

Ida Times-Green, Sausalito Marin City School Board

Tiana Wimmer, Enriching Lives Through Music

The Corporate Community Service Award will be presented to a business that has fostered and encouraged volunteerism and philanthropy among its employees.

Award Sponsor: PG&E

2022 Nominees:

Bank of America

Bank of Marin

Ghilotti Bros., Inc.

Hanson Bridgett LLP


Kaiser Permanente San Rafael-Petaluma

Marin Independent Journal

Redwood Credit Union

San Marin Animal Hospital

Volvo Cars Marin

The Excellence in Innovation Award and $5,000 will be presented to an individual, organization or partnership that has developed new, creative and effective strategies for advancing solutions to critical issues in our community.

Award Sponsor: Potrero Group

2022 Nominees:

Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity

First Responder Therapy Dogs

Giving Marin Community Partnership

Little Wishes

Maggie/Mavi Pilloton

Marin Agricultural Land Trust, Drought Resilience and Water Security Initiative

Marin Foster Care Association

Osher Marin JCC

Shoreline Connectivity Project

Side by Side, Raices Unidas

Social Call

Sparkle Foundation


The Volunteer of the Year Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an individual (other than a board member) who has provided exemplary volunteer service to a Marin nonprofit organization.

Award Sponsor: Harbor Point Charitable Foundation 

2022 Nominees:

Jeff Amen, Community Action Marin

Alexander Battaglia, Operation Access

Lydia Bell, LITA (Love is the Answer) of Marin

John Beltran, The Marine Mammal Center

Joan Boyd, Guide Dogs for the Blind

Hunter Breck, Felidae Conservation Fund

Chad Brubaker, Call of the Sea

Natalie Clark, WildCare

Carla Condon, Age Friendly Intergenerational Center

Dick & Betty Currie, Guide Dogs for the Blind

Troy Evans, Marin County Search and Rescue

Noni Garner, O’Hanlon Center for the Arts

Peter Goetz, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Erika Gomez, Multicultural Center of Marin

Clara Greisman, Enriching Lives Through Music

Lesley Hu, Pierce’s Pledge 

Suzanne Jansen, Center for Domestic Peace

Brian Johnson, Community Action Marin

Krissa Klein, Sonoma Ecology Center

Timothy Knowlton, Marin Humane

Nicole Lea, Family and Children’s Law Center

Marv Levinson, ExtraFood

Nancy Rae Ludwigsen, San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Nancy Malcolm, Vivalon

Rich Moore, Halleck Creek Ranch

Heather Parker, Hooves for Harmony

Alex & Tracy Peters, Las Gallinas Sanitary District Non-Marching Band

Ann Marie Santana-Turina, Marin Humane

Marc Schreiber, Family and Children’s Law Center

Virginia Schultz, Marin County Library Foundation

Lori Feldman & Carol Soker, Marin Court Appointed Special Advocates

Bonnie Spitz, DrawBridge

Bruce Todd, Canal Alliance

Becky White, 10,000 Degrees

The Excellence in Leadership Award and $5,000 for the recipient’s nonprofit will be presented to an executive director who has demonstrated excellence in leadership and whose vision has inspired meaningful and lasting change benefiting the organization and community.

Award Sponsor: Marin Community Foundation

2022 Nominees:

Chandra Alexandre, Community Action Marin

Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios

Kari Cordero, SANE-SART

Dave Cort, San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Aideen Gaidmore, Marin Child Care Council

Sarah Hobson, West Marin Fund

Ivana Jagodic-Meholick, Post-Partum Support Center 

Andy Naja-Riese, Agricultural Institute of Marin

Mark Shotwell, Ritter Center

Samantha Tradelius, Sparkle Foundation

The Lifetime Achievement Award and $5,000 for a nonprofit of their choice will be presented to an individual who has made a positive and notable difference during their career by significantly contributing to address a cause, issue or discipline. 

Award Sponsor: Kaiser Permanente

2022 Nominees:

Rev. Dr. Jane Adams-Spahr

Judge Roy Chernus

Trisha Garlock

Heidi Kuhn

Jody Lewen

Renee Pollard

Richard Shipps

Judy Schriebman 

Bruce Wagman

The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award and $5,000 will be presented to an organization that has demonstrated exemplary service to its constituents.

Award Sponsor: Comerica

2022 Nominees:

[ap]Parent Love

Adopt A Family

Ambassadors of Hope and Opportunity

Big Skills Tiny Homes

Bridge the Gap

The Cedars of Marin

Community Action Marin

Enriching Lives Through Music


Family and Children’s Law Center

Legal Aid of Marin

Make it Home Bay Area

Man 2 Man Urban Youth Advocate

Marin Child Care Council

Marin County Cooperation Team

Marin Foster Care Association

Marin Humane

Marin School of the Arts Foundation

Mount Tamalpais College

North Bay Children’s Center

Ritter Center


Southern Marin Mothers’ Organization

The Nika Project


Up to five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards of $1,000 each will be presented to full-time middle or high school students serving a Marin nonprofit in the community, education, or faith environment.

Award Sponsor: Redwood Credit Union

2022 Nominees:

Ruth Alvarenga, North Marin Community Services

Ashlyn Byous, WildCare

Matteo Diaz, The Spahr Center

Kimberly Escobar, Youth Leadership Institute

Oliver Goldman, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue

Melissa Gongora, HeadsUp San Rafael Public Education Foundation

Talia Harter, San Rafael High School

Alysha Lee, County of Marin Student Elections Ambassador Program, League of Women Voters, and Beyond Differences

Maddie Mangino, Sparkle Foundation

Amanda Mueller, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit

Samantha Podoll, San Geronimo Valley Community Center

Jada Swan, Project Awareness and Special Sports, Friendship Club TLHS

Sophia White, Schurig Center

Alisa Zhou, American Red Cross

Join Us to Celebrate!

Reserve your tables and seats to join us for the 30th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Luncheon
Thursday, January 12, 2023. 
Space will be limited this year, please reserve your tables and seats early

Thank You Presenting Sponsor

Bank of Marin has served Northern California businesses and the people who run them for more than 30 years, providing insight, guidance and legendary service. Community commitment is one of the Bank’s core values, believing that strong communities benefit everyone. In the words of the Bank’s founder, Bill Murray, “We do well by doing good.”

2022 Award Sponsors

2022 Media Sponsor

Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) has honored local leaders and their causes at the Heart of Marin Awards for 29 consecutive years. As the largest recognition event in the county, the 30th Annual Heart of Marin Awards™ is expected to reach over 500 attendees and give $35,000 to honor Marin nonprofits and the passionate individuals who dedicate their work to advancing our communities.

Learn more about becoming an award or media sponsor and the benefits of sponsorship.

Thank you for your interest and support!