Miguel Gavaldón

Miguel joined the Board in 2014 and currently serves as its chair. He is a nonprofit leadership coach, trainer and consultant. He has been a volunteer for the Marin County Juvenile Probation Department's Disproportionate Minority Contact Initiative since 2012. In the 1990's and early 2000's he worked for various community based organizations serving the Canal neighborhood in San Rafael. He has lived in San Rafael since 2004, and his two sons have attended San Rafael City Schools.

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Peter Hamilton

Peter Hamilton was appointed to the Board in 2013. He is a director of software engineering at Fair Isaac and Company (FICO), the highly regarded decision and analytics company with offices in San Rafael and around the world. A life-long resident of Marin County, Peter lives in Novato and has a computer science degree from University of California, Santa Barbara. He also has a keen interest in the issues of public education.

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Marilee Eckert

Marilee joined the Board in 2014. She has been the Chief Executive Officer of Conservation Corps North Bay since 1992. She is nationally recognized as a leader in the Corps movement and received the national Corps Legacy Achievement Award in 2013. Additionally, Marilee has served on the Marin County Economic Commission, the Marin County Disaster Council and the Sonoma County Youth Council. She has been a Board Member of the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership of Marin, Environmental Education Council of Marin, Fire Safe Marin, Human Rights Roundtable on Hate Violence and is an Advisory Council Member of Spectrum. Marilee was inducted into the Marin Women's Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Elsia Galawish

Elsia joined the Board in 2018. She has been the Owner/Sr. Principal Consultant of Galawish Consulting Associates since 2012. She has over 25 years of experience in the international arena and energy industries. She assists with economic and energy forecasting, development of energy efficiency policy and evaluation protocols and manages process and impact evaluations for leading U.S. utilities and energy efficiency program administrators and regulators. She is currently President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Mission San Rafael, and serves on the Board of the SF Chapter of the United Nations Association.

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Andrew Giacomini

Andrew joined the Board in 2015. He is a lifelong, third generation resident of Marin County. He and his wife Susi have raised their three children in San Geronimo Valley, where he grew up. By day he is the Managing Partner of Hanson Bridgett LLP, a law firm with offices throughout the Bay Area (including Larkspur). Andrew believes in giving back and has had the privilege of serving in leadership positions on several nonprofit boards in Marin and beyond, and has enjoyed working with others in the community on many important grassroots projects and causes.

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Noah Griffin

Noah joined the BFF Board of Trustees in 2017. A native San Franciscan and longtime resident of Marin, he is a public affairs consultant, writer, speaker and musical performer. His career in public affairs began with his appointment by Mayor Joe Alioto to the Mayor’s Council on Criminal Justice. He then served on the staff of former Mayor Dianne Feinstein and as press secretary to Mayor Frank Jordan. He was also a talk show host on KGO Radio, an op-ed columnist in the San Francisco Examiner and to this day remains a frequent op-ed writer in the Marin Independent Journal. Noah has served on many boards, including Marin Fair Housing, Marin Legal Aid and Bread & Roses.  Having performed with Duke Ellington and Nat King Cole, Noah is also likely to break into song with no notice.

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Cleveland Justis

Cleveland joined the Board in 2011. He is a management consultant at the Potrero Group, LLC. He also actively teaches and lectures at leading MBA and entrepreneurship programs at UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Georgetown, and Dominican University. Previously he served as executive director of the Headlands Institute and founding director of the Institute at the Golden Gate. Cleve is an active volunteer for many community-based organizations. He graduated from U.C. Berkeley and has an M.B.A. and PhD in process from U.C. Davis.

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Jan Reynolds

Jan was appointed to the Board in 2018. She is an interfaith clergy leader, active in interfaith dialogue and community organizing. In recent years, she has served as Pastor of First Presbyterian Church of San Rafael, Board President for the Marin Interfaith Council and the Interfaith Counseling Center, and on the Council (Board) of the Presbytery of the Redwoods. Jan has practiced as a credentialed Spiritual Director since 2003. Her background includes business and non-profit management in strategic planning, marketing and organizational development.

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Steven Schroeder, MD

Steven Schroeder was appointed to the Board in 2013. He is a distinguished professor and physician at University of California, San Francisco, and is the director of its Smoking Cessation Leadership Center. Steve is active on numerous civic associations, as well as boards of directors including the James Irvine Foundation and Marin General Hospital. He is the former president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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