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West Marin Fund and West Marin Collaborativein  partnership with Colibri Collaborative, established a Steering Committee to guide the initiative through the first phase of research and mapping, with the goal to develop a plan for durable communications pathways and more coordinated and inclusive information flow.

The Steering Committee meets weekly by video conference to shape the initiative’s strategy and goals, give input to project research and mapping, review the analysis of the research findings, and help formulate recommendations for future phases.

All Steering Committee members are also members of the Advisory Group that meets regularly to define and broaden the reach of the project.


The Steering Committee represents the diversity of West Marin communities.


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Maria Niggle

Director of Collaborative Action at Marin Promise Partnership, and Chair of the West Marin Collaborative. María was co-founder of Abriendo Caminos, an immigrant Leadership Program, and has research experience in early childhood education.

Co-Chair & Administrator:
Mia Johnson

Mia has worked in Underwriting and Communications at KWMR Community Radio in Point Reyes Station since 2012. She is pleased to be involved with this project as Co-Chair and Administrator.

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Mark Switzer

Chair of West Marin Commons, editor of Commons Connect, an online community serving West Marin. Mark is a strong advocate for affordable housing and is Project Development Coordinator at San Geronimo Valley Affordable Housing Association.


Imelda Macias

Imelda has been an active member of Abriendo Caminos and the Latino Photography Project. She is a mother of five, a grandmother of one. In her 19 years in PRS she has been involved with the PTSA at West Marin School, directed Catechism for 2 years, sat on West Marin Fund steering committees, and led a green-clean cooperative.

Other community members who have been instrumental in the project:

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Sarah Warnock

Administration Associate at West Marin Fund. Sarah has a background in communications and supporting and strengthening partnerships among private, public, nonprofit, and tribal communities.


Amena Hajjar

Communications Director, West Marin Senior Services. Amena brings an understanding of the needs of isolated seniors. She coordinates and oversees community outreach and communications.

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Rhonda Kutter

Aide to Marin County Supervisor Dennis Rodoni. Rhonda has an extensive background as a community volunteer, advocate, and organizer. She is an active member of the West Marin Collaborative and has a strong interest in strengthening communications between West Marin residents and the County.

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Brandon Barragan

Education and Diversity Outreach Coordinator, Point Reyes National Seashore Association. Brandon recently graduated from St. Mary’s College of California with a degree in Environmental Studies. He is committed to making the outdoors accessible and enjoyable to everyone, no matter their background.

Consultant Collaborators

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