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Heart of Marin Awards

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29th Annual Awards

It’s Time to Nominate for the 29th Annual Heart of Marin™ Awards. 

Please Save the Date! January 13, 2022 – For the 29th Annual Heart of Marin Awards Luncheon, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, at the Bill and Adele Jonas Center in Novato, CA .

2021 Nominating Procedures

Please complete your nominations online according to these FAQ:

The deadline for 2021 nominations is Friday, November 19, 5:00 PM.

You may nominate in multiple categories and self-nominations are accepted, although we welcome you to nominate a community partner who inspires the work you do.

Please review the application questions associated with each award category. You will be required to respond to these in your narrative.

The submitted narrative should be in 12-point font, 1” margins, and may not exceed three (3) pages. No supplementary materials will be accepted and could disqualify your submission (unless you are submitting a nomination for Lifetime Achievement).

The event is our opportunity to publicly acknowledge all nominees and their commitments to the community. Since we do not announce award recipients in advance, all nominees are expected to attend. Mark your calendars early and secure your tickets before the holidays – they tend to sell out!

It is fine if your work goes outside of Marin but remember this is an award for service in the particular county – focus on that within your narratives.

After completing your online nomination, an automatic email will be sent to the email provided for the nominee and nominator letting them know of the successful submission.

28th Annual Awards

In its 28th year, CVNL granted $35,000 back into the Marin nonprofit community. Thank you to everyone who attended the virtual event on January 7th. Nearly 600 people logged on to celebrate the nominees
and 2020 award recipients. 

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2020 Recipients

Congrats to our 2020 recipients!

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The Corporate Community Service Award was presented to 2K Games. 

Marin’s foster care community has benefitted from 2K Games quiet philanthropy for 10 years.

2K Games could simply cut a check and ask Marin Foster Care Association to purchase the holiday gifts requested by 130 foster children each year. Instead, 2K engages their employees to personally grant the holiday wishes of Marin’s foster children.

The process begins on October 1st and culminates in employees shopping, wrapping and delivering the gifts to Marin County Children and Family Services.

2K partnered with GoGames to purchase, build, and deliver 10 youth bicycles to foster children. In response to a foster youth with a talent for sculpture and design who requested a graphics drawing monitor with a digital pen display, 2K purchased the item, connected with the youth’s foster dad, and invited the youth to lunch and tour of their studio.

Since 2015, 2K Games has gone from donating 3 gifts each for 54 children to 3 gifts each for 103 children. Total children served is now 424.

Thank you 2K games for being a champion for foster children in Marin.

Sponsored by: BioMarin

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The Volunteer of the Year Award was presented to Viviana Garcia, Enriching Lives through Music.

Viviana Garcia is currently attending New York University, the first in her family to attend college. She is majoring in music education. She is passionate about educational equity and is committed to using her talents, skills, and knowledge to provide opportunities for children who live in San Rafael’s Canal neighborhood and are students at Enriching Lives through Music.

This past summer, while Viviana was home from college, she created the foundation of a tutoring program for ELM students. She recognized that children from the Canal were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and had fewer resources than children from neighboring communities.

In a few short months, Viviana recruited and oriented tutors, and identified students who needed academic support.

This would have been plenty, but Viviana was determined to continue. While maintaining a busy schedule in New York, Viviana remains the force behind sustaining the academic tutor program. She continues to recruit tutors and established an ELM/NYU collaboration to recruit other NYU students as tutors. They now have over 25 tutors who have conducted over 100 hours of private, tuition-free tutoring in all subjects from basic literacy to physics. For this work, ELM just received their first grant from the Isabel Allende Foundation.

Congratulations and thank you Viviana.

Sponsored by: PG&E

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The Excellence in Board Leadership Award was presented to Ed Westbrook, Friends of China Camp.

Ed Westbrook is responsible for leading the Board of Directors of Friends of China Camp to make its most important strategic decision ever when in early 2016, the Board voted to abandon its all-volunteer model to become a professional organization.

Months earlier, the California Department of Parks and Recreation had cut off funding for China Camp State Park. Without public funding, they faced an annual operating deficit of $150,000.

After hiring its first executive director, Ed began to drive the evolution of the Board from an operating board to a governing board. He organized them to strictly adhere to mission-related governance, budgetary, fundraising, and strategic matters, all the while entrusting operational matters to the executive director.

Urging financial support from the board helped them reach financial self-sustainability and they have been operating with a budget surplus ever since.

Ed has reformed the budgeting process, formed a Governance Committee in order to review the bylaws, institute a self-evaluation system for board members, and recruit talented board members with a passion for parks.

The board is now discussing the possibility of an ambitious capital project – a new building and an outdoor classroom – which would function as administrative offices, a ranger station, a visitor center, and a climate change education center.

Congratulations Ed!

Sponsored by: EO Products

The Excellence in Innovation Award was presented to two recipients!

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The first goes to Agricultural Institute of Marin for The Rollin’ Root (pictured above, Andy Naja-Riese, Chief Executive Officer).

AIM organizes seven year-round farmers markets in the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as the seasonal Summer Market in downtown San Rafael.

Despite the popularity of farmers markets, specific communities, particularly older adults, lack the ability to buy produce directly from farmers at these markets due to price and mobility restrictions.

In response, AIM implemented The Rollin’ Root, a mobile farmers market that brings fresh, affordable, locally grown produce and nutrition education directly to low-income seniors where they live.

Since the launch in 2018, service has grown to three days a week, serving 16 senior residences, community-based organizations, and health clinics across Marin.

The Rollin’ Root accepts CalFresh benefits and offers a Market Match up to $10 per day to CalFresh cardholders. “Senior Bonus Bucks,” of $60 in coupons are provided to low-income seniors who qualify for the federal Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

Thanks to funding the Rollin’ Root was able to deliver $1,000 worth of free, local, nutritious, and culturally-appropriate produce to Marin City residents at the beginning of the pandemic.

They source 100 percent of products, primarily certified organic, directly from local farmers markets reducing their fuel usage and carbon footprint. Their strategy benefits both consumers and producers.

The mobility allows them to serve communities that may not be dense enough to sustain a grocery store or permanent farmers market and allows them to shift sites as needed.

A feature of the program is the involvement of Senior Ambassadors, community members of truck sites, who provide outreach within their communities and receive a monthly stipend and training.

The Rollin’ Root currently serves about 160 people each week, an estimated 4,000 people per year.

Congratulations AIM!

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The second 2020 Heart of Marin Award for Excellence in Innovation goes to an Innovator, Jahmeer Reynolds (pictured above).

Jahmeer Reynolds is a visionary with a plan for the community.

Not only does Jahmeer engage in innovative work as the Community Engagement Director for the Sausalito Marin City School District, but he has created and spearheaded a number of programs to benefit Marin’s most vulnerable residents. Jahmeer is the founder and Executive Director of the Marin County Cooperation Teams, the creator of the Marin City Public Safety Initiative, and the architect of the Frederick Leon Marcus Youth Academy.

The Cooperation Team was created to ensure the continuation of comprehensive support services for the Bayside Martin Luther King Jr Academy, Willow Creek Academy students, and the Marin City community. The team provides vulnerable community members with programs and services that address critical and long-term needs in a  timely and effective manner by utilizing an organized network of community based organizations in partnership with local, state and federal agencies.  To date, Jahmeer has obtained over 40 community partners.

The Marin City Public Safety Initiative was created to re-imagine policing and public safety in Marin City. The Initiative has 12 main programs, including:

  • The Vision Project, which provides community support and services for arrested youth to prevent future delinquency and recidivism.
  • Civic engagement courses provided by the Southern Marin Fire District
  • Weekly mindfulness sessions of yoga and meditation.
  • Training for law enforcement on engaging people with mental health issues.
  • Hosting networking events for potential employers and applicants.
  • CPR certification for community members fourteen and older provided by the Department of Probation.
  • Establishing Neighborhood Negotiation Teams to settle small disputes, and
  • Hosting Courageous Community Conversations with law enforcement for the healing and restoration process.

Thank you Jahmeer for all you are doing in the community.

Sponsored by: Comerica Bank

Five Youth Volunteer of the Year Awards were given this year!

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The first Youth Volunteer of the Year is Natalia Betzler, Love is the Answer. 

Natalia is a talented and dedicated young music performer that turned her heartfelt concern into positive action for confined seniors who might be feeling lonely and isolated during the pandemic.

Natalia has played music since she was four, including performances for The Mountain Play, The IJ Lobby Lounge, Sweetwater Music Hall, and Bread and Roses. She is in her fourth year as a volunteer with Love is the Answer Bridging thru Music program, which provides musical performances and outreach to Marin’s Long Term Care facilities.

During the pandemic, Natalia has produced and performed many virtual concerts. Each performance is 20-30 minutes in length and is available for viewing on YouTube. Each concert meticulously produced by Natalia in her home studio is tailored with large-type lyrics for singing along and features many classic tunes seniors love, as well as some personal words of comfort.

Natalia created a volunteer program called Letters of Comfort. Through this program, Natalia and the hundreds of volunteers she has recruited have written and sent over 1000 personal letters to assisted living facilities. She started this program as a way to continue to connect with residents at the facilities she visits.

Natalia, thank you for taking the initiative to ease isolation and loneliness among seniors in our community.

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Our second youth volunteer of the year is Lucas Tress, the Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit. 

Lucas, a senior at Redwood High school, joined the Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit in 2018 and had an immediate impact.

In 2020, Lucas participated in every training, mission, and event that the team had – more than 100 separate incidents. With more than 600 hours logged, Lucas has the most hours of any youth member, and more than most of their adult members.

Lucas is always happy to help, from mentoring new members, to managing spreadsheets, or helping with clean up after events.

Last year, Lucas participated in two missions that were a lifesaving find. One, a mutual aid search in Mendocino County that located a missing 84-year-old woman, and the other a Marin County search that located a missing, injured ATV rider in the Tomales Bay Area.

Lucas has been on many searches, leading teams in the field, working in the command post, or coordinating resources during a rescue. Lucas makes the team better and his maturity and ability to perform in stressful, complex situations is unique for his age.

Thank you  Lucas for your dedication, organization, and constant drive to help others.

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Our third Youth Volunteer of the Year is Leslye DeleonNext Generation Scholars.

Leslye’s impact on Next Generation Scholars has been a cumulation of her involvement as a young leader of color at Branson, her participation with the Student Development Leadership Conference, and the inspiration she received from a former Heart of Marin Youth Volunteer of the Year recipient.

Her Project, Minds Over Matter focuses on confronting an issue that is often overlooked by the LatinX community – the issue of Mental Health.  She wanted the people of her community to learn that, regardless of what is going on in the world,  they have the power to self-regulate, relax and focus on the positive.

She took the following steps: 

  • Targeted families who do not have access to basic or culturally appropriate emotional support, partnering with local mental health therapists to help design a curriculum that would be relevant and culturally sensitive to the LatinX community;
  • Pursued arrangements for meeting places for the activities and support groups to take place once allowable; and
  • Created a program according to the age group, population it is serving, and whether it’s being offered in-person or virtually.

Leslye, thank you for reminding us that mental health and self-care are important issues.

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The fourth Youth Volunteer of the Year is David Fox, Learning Enrichment Afterschool Program.

David Fox runs a hip-hop dance program for students at Venetia Valley School in San Rafael, incorporating his class into their afterschool Learning Enrichment Program.

David created the dance program on his own. His mission is to bring free dance instruction to students who do not have access to dance, whether that be in person or online.

With the backing of the school, David began in September 2019 but had to stop in March due to COVID. He resumed his teaching in October by zoom as soon as the logistics for the students were stable. He plans to finish this school year and next year as well.

David spends time each week planning, teaching, communicating with coordinators, and spending time with students before and after class.  His participation in dance started at age four so he knows the experience of elementary-aged children. 

Growing up with exposure to performing arts, David wanted to use his skills to share the experience with children he knew were not as fortunate as him.

David keeps the class motivated and excited and has provided them with a vehicle to express themselves without competition. The most impressive outcome is the self-confidence and expression shown by the kids in a very short period of time.

David, thank you for being a role model to young people in our community.

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The final Youth Volunteer of the Year is Alex Paloglou, Beyond Differences.

Beyond Differences is a student-led organization that believes change can only be true and lasting if the agents of that change are youth.

A volunteer for seven years, Alex joined while in 6th grade. In High School, he joined the Teen Board.

Before COVID, Alex led assemblies at various middle schools. After the shelter-in-place, Alex continued his work and zoomed in to lead presentations on social isolation.

Alex brings awareness to the dangers of social isolation, speaking at public forums. He collaborates with fellow Teen Board members on a variety of projects to help end social isolation and make schools more welcoming and inclusive.

Alex is compassionate, determined, empathetic, and has an uncanny ability to connect with others and create a sense of belonging.

Alex co-wrote and led a presentation on combating social isolation online. The content included how to deal with the cancel culture, toxic influences, and how shelter-in-place has impacted teens emotionally. The session was live-streamed on Facebook and viewed by thousands around the world.

Beyond Differences launched Stand Up for Asian American Pacific Islander classmates who were verbally and physically attacked due to negative rhetoric around COVID. Alex didn’t hesitate to do what he could to help including offering his perspective in an article published in the Marin IJ.

In Alex’s words, “I think it is super important to learn about other cultures, religions, and identities. It helps individuals connect on a deeper level, which inherently builds empathy for one another, especially in today’s climate where there is a lot of hate. It is important to be empathetic and understanding of other people’s backgrounds.”

Couldn’t say it better, congratulations Alex!

Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union

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The Excellence in Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Mitesh Popat, CEO, Marin Community Clinics.

Dr. Mitesh Popat stepped into a leadership role after the widely known and respected Linda Tavaszi retired. With ease and quiet confidence, Dr. Popat quickly forged his own strong relationships.

The number of residents who receive care at the Clinics has increased annually during his tenure, and he ensures that highly qualified providers and staff provide excellent, compassionate care to everyone.

Dr. Popat understands that social determinants of health have a big impact on health and well-being and has advanced programs to address some of those conditions, such as improving food security, providing parenting and chronic disease management education, and social support groups. He added care navigators to assist patients, many of who do not speak English with navigating care as well as accessing local resources.

He has moved forward several initiatives that focus on the care of the “whole person”.

The expansion of the Behavioral Health Department has resulted in thousands of more individuals receiving services.

A few years back, he decided to have the Clinics run the Community Health Hubs when its founding agency could no longer support the program. The twice-weekly mini health fair and fresh food distribution program is held in Novato and San Rafael. Before the pandemic, the Hubs served 700 participants weekly. Since the number has increased to 1,000.

When Health and Human Services proposed that the Clinics assume dental and infectious disease services Mitesh participated in public meetings to listen and address concerns while also engaging with officials to develop a sound plan. He saw the advantage to the patient for better continuity of care if the transfer took place.

Beginning in March, Mitesh began to send “COVID Updates” to community partners to keep them informed of the Clinics’ response to the pandemic. In one he shared, “At Marin Community Clinics, our core values include Equity and Justice. We believe in promoting a culture of fairness, equal opportunities, and open communication. Being advocates for each other and for those whom we partner with in service is part of our DNA…Together, through love, support, and advocacy, we can make forward progress and create a better tomorrow.”

Couldn’t agree more.  Thank you, Dr. Popat.

Sponsored by: Marin Community Foundation 

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The Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence Award was presented to Performing Stars of Marin (pictured above, Felecia Gaston, Executive Director).  

Performing Stars of Marin was founded to give diverse, often marginalized, low-income children in Marin the opportunity to “reach for the stars”.

They are one of the region’s leading youth arts programs transforming the lives of primarily youth-of-color using enrichment programs to build pride, character, discipline, and self-esteem.

Performing Stars helps young people build self-confidence and organizing and advocacy skills through their Social Justice Youth Initiative.

They spearhead the Phoenix Project to provide support and life skills development to young men with, or at-risk of, involvement in the criminal justice system. Phoenix has led to a significant drop in the number of young Marin City men on probation.

Marin City, a community of first, African-American and then increasingly diverse people-of-color, has been challenged by systemic racism, from housing policy to educational inequity. In the face of these challenges, Marin City’s young people need to be trained as advocates and activists. As the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement has shown, voices of young people of color are needed in order to bring about change.

Performing Stars serves as an organizing force in the face of community challenge and tragedy and they have steadily and substantially increased their role beyond Marin City to supporting Southern Marin through broad engagement efforts.

Their impact has never been more significant than it has in the face of COVID when they launched into action to support the community. They pivoted to provide youth with:

  • non-digital enrichment activities to do at home
  • safe, outdoor gardening experiences through their Victory Garden
  • the development of one-on-one remote music lessons, and
  • partnering with arts programming at Bayside MLK

With partners they were able to distribute 50,000 diapers to families, over 3,000 masks augmented by a social media campaign, and, at the county’s request increase testing rates – growing from 15 on the first day to an average of 100.

Most significantly, Performing Stars provided safety net grants of $500 per family to address critical needs that posed a threat to a family’s livelihood, housing, or wellbeing. They distributed $100,000 to 300 people using donations from individuals and foundations.

Felicia Gaston and Performing Stars, we are grateful for your work and proud to honor you with this award.

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The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Dr. Thomas Peters.

It’s almost impossible to quantify the impact that Dr. Thomas Peters has had on Marin County in his 22 years as President and CEO  of the Marin Community Foundation, but I will try with the help of his nominators.

Tom Peters announced his retirement from the Marin Community Foundation, in 2020. When he began his post in 1998, MCF was eleven years old and had a portfolio of close to 200 donors. It distributed $29 million in grants with about $1 billion in assets.

Fast forward to 2020, and in excess of $160 million was distributed to scores of nonprofits, schools, health centers and religious organizations. More than 500 individuals and families partner with MCF in their giving. And MCF has $2.5 billion in assets.

Numbers are only important to Tom for one reason: the more that comes in, the more that can go out. His focus: distributing money into the community to create equity of opportunity for every resident of Marin and beyond. He has supported grants for early education and college scholarships, for medical clinics and affordable homes, for protecting shorelines and teaching art, for extending legal access and convening discussions, for welcoming newcomers and caring for elders, for the researchers and the innovators, for services to those who are struggling, and support to those who are dreaming.

Beyond the numbers are the stories:

When the pandemic hit, Tom’s background in the healthcare field meant that he immediately understood the long-term and widespread impact this would have on the community. He quickly took action to ensure nonprofits were ready to confront the issue, making millions of dollars in grants of general operating expenses to key partners and eliminating all reporting requirements. He collaborated with the County to rapidly distribute support for rental assistance. He provided cash aid to low-income workers who tested positive and had to quarantine to cover expenses. And he connected with a local business owner to arrange the importation of 100,000 N-95 masks, to distribute to local hospitals, clinics, and community health centers.

When ICE conducted illegal raids on immigrants in the Canal in 2007, he marched alongside county and state officials and hundreds of other community members to protest. He followed this up with support for the development of an Immigration Task Force, with the specific intent for community agencies to support families in crisis.

After the tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut in 2013, Tom approved a grant of $25,000 – and encouraged thousands more in contributions from donors – to a Countywide gun buyback program.

Outraged at the Trump administration’s announcement in 2017 to discontinue the DACA program, Tom provided two community partners with funding to cover the $495 processing fee for the 2,000 Dreamers in Marin.

In 2019 when tensions were high over the issue of the Dixie School district name, Tom wrote a powerful letter to the Dixie School Board, urging them to “seize this moment of opportunity to change the name of the District” and he announced that MCF would pay the administrative costs involved in a name change.

As Superintendent of Schools Mary Jane Burke sums it up: “From day one, Tom Peters has been a visionary and dynamic leader. His honesty and determination has encouraged us, and at times, forced us to look at our community as we really are and as we someday can be. He has been described by some members of our community as a disrupter, agitator, rabble rouser – and maybe even a trouble-maker. I choose to see Tom Peters as a moral compass for our community. He gives a voice to so many who often have no voice.”

Dr. Tom Peters cares deeply. About equity and about the community. His entire career has been in public office, fighting for justice.

His departure from MCF will be felt by the entire community. But he’s leaving us in better shape than when he began his tenure – and for that, Marin is very lucky.

Tom, thank you, congratulations, and happy retirement.

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

2020 Nominees

Award categories and nominees are listed below:

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

2K Games
First Republic Bank
Giving Marin c/o Marin IJ
Toys for Bob

Sponsored by: BioMarin

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.

Susan Brennan,  St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin
Dawn Beavis, The Marine Mammal Center
Nancy Curran,  Canal Alliance
Buddy Faure, San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Jim Finkelstein, Halleck Creek Ranch
Viviana Garcia, Enriching Lives through Music
Erica Hunt, Marin Community Clinics
Erin Kane, Alzheimer’s Association
Dale Kline, School Fuel – the Novato Foundation for Public Education
Nancy Malcolm, Vivalon/Whistlestop
Pat Mount, Social Call, A Covia Community Service
Dennis Orwig, Extrafood.org
Richard Slusher, Buckelew Programs
Lindsey Smith, Multicultural Center of Marin
Benjamin Stahl, Operation Access / MarinHealth Medical Network / Prima Medical Group
Erin Uesugi, Lifehouse

Sponsored by: PG&E

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.

Jeane Allen, HumanKind Alliance
Judy Binsacca, EAH Housing
Brandon Brown, Youth Leadership Institute
Vivan Cohen, Osher Marin JCC
Nick Dieter, Becoming Independent
Trisha Garlock, SchoolsRule Marin
Michelle Kenney, Conservation Corps North Bay
Joy Phoenix, Side by Side
Chip Smith, Marin Humane
Ed Westbrook, Friends of China Camp Inc.

Sponsored by: EO Products

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.

Agricultural Institute of Marin
Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity
America SCORES Bay Area
Bridge the Gap College Prep
Enriching Lives through Music
Extrafood.org
GraceSigns
Marin Humane
Osher Marin JCC
Parent Services Project
People with Disabilities Succeeding (PDS)
Marin County Cooperation Teams
Side by Side / YouThrive

Sponsored by: Comerica Bank

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.

Hollis Belger, Juggling for Jude
Natalia Betzler, Love is the Answer (LITA)
August Buessing, St Vincent de Paul Society of Marin 
Diego Chavarria, Youth Leadership Institute
David Chivers, Shore Up Marin; First Baptist Church
Leslye Deleon, Next Generation Scholars
David Fox, LEAP
Jessica Gennon, Bay Area Community Resources
Ella Green, Marin County Office of Education
Alex Paloglou, Beyond Differences
Lucas Tress, Marin County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit
Amrit Baveja Beck Lorsch, MarinTrace

Sponsored by: Redwood Credit Union

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.

Robin Joy Berenson, Community Institute for Psychotherapy
Omar Carerra, Canal Alliance
Kay Carlson, Marin Open Studios
Dave Cort, San Geronimo Valley Community Center
Kelli Finley, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Marin
Maika Llorens Gulati, Slide Ranch
Joe O’Hehir, Vivalon
Dr. Mitesh Popat, Marin Community Clinics
Barbara Sabido, Marin Foster Care Association
Cherie Sorokin, Marin Villages
Marv Zauderer, Extrafood.org

Sponsored by: Marin Community Foundation 

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

Age-Friendly Solutions (Age-Friendly Intergenerational Center)
Ambassadors of Hope & Opportunity
Beyond Differences
Big Skils Tiny Homes
Canal Alliance
Ceres Community Project
Children for Change
Community Action Marin
Family & Children’s Law Center
Gilead House
GraceSigns
Marin Community Clinics
Marin County Cooperation Teams
North Bay Industries
North Marin Community Services
Opening the World
Performing Stars of Marin
Side by Side/Irene M. Hunt School
Slide Ranch
Sparkle Foundation
Veterans and Equines Together

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. 

Dr. Thomas Peters
Marian Huntington
Trisha Garlock

Sponsored by: Kaiser Permanente, San Rafael

Thank you Presenting Sponsor

At Bank of Marin, they serve Bay Area businesses and the people who run them, providing insight, guidance, and support as part of the legendary service that is our hallmark. Community commitment is one of their core values as they truly believe that strong communities benefit everyone. In the words of their founder, Bill Murray,
“If we do good, then everybody does better.”

2020 Award & Media Sponsors