Leadership Team

The Leadership Team sets and enacts the collaborative programmatic agenda for the Partnership. The Team is composed of senior leaders from Partner organizations that, by design, represent a diverse matrix of geographic, sector and role perspectives.

The Team's key areas of responsibility include:

  • Setting the Programmatic Agenda — Utilizing data and stakeholder input, the LT sets the action agenda for the Partnership

  • Adopting Proposals to Shift Policies, Practices & Resources — Review, approve, and champion proposals for Partners to shift policy, practice, and resources for greater equity, and

  • Leveraging Institutional Power and Resources — Work with their own institutions and influence adjacent institutions throughout the county to enact the Partnership’s equity agenda.

Current Leadership Team Members

Lana Adlawan

Director of County Library Services, Marin County Free Library

Lana Adlawan serves as the Director of the Marin County Free Library. She comes to the County of Marin with professional experience in various cities throughout the nation and many of those in the Bay Area. Over her career, she has served in progressively more responsible roles within the Brooklyn, Sacramento, Oakland, and Sonoma library systems. Most recently, Lana served as a Division Manager for the Sonoma County Library, overseeing nine library branches. Adlawan has a Bachelor of Arts in Community Services from UC Santa Cruz and Master of Science in Library and Information Services from the Pratt Institute.

 

Her personal and professional background has driven her clear passion for community, innovation and equity. Adlawan was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and says her push for an equitable approach comes from her growing up in such a diverse place. When asked about what brought her to Marin County, Adlawan highlighted the equity work the County has prioritized and how that has strengthened Marin County Free Library’s leadership role, not only across California but the country.

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Chandra Alexandre

CEO, Community Action Marin

Leadership Team Member, Community Leader – Chandra Alexandre, the CEO of Community Action Marin, has over 20 years of experience supporting organizations to social justice outcomes. Her work has helped 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. Chandra graduated from Columbia, has an MBA, and holds both Ph.D. and D.Min. degrees. She has taught fundraising and philanthropy at the University of San Francisco and is an official mentor for the United Nations Association of San Francisco. Chandra is also a founding board member of Marin Promise Partnership.

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Patricia Barahona

Executive Director, Youth Leadership Institute

Patty has been with YLI for twelve years, starting as a Program Coordinator in Marin County before serving as the Director for the San Francisco office and the Chief People Officer and then becoming the Chief Executive Officer in 2019. Today, Patty oversees a staff of over 65 across the state of California and an annual budget of $9.1 million. Patty previously worked for Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice (now Forward Together), New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, and as a English Language Learner Teacher across K-12 schools in Vermont. They hold an M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the School for International Training and a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from Rutgers University. Patty is known for their energizing and excellent facilitation and is a highly sought after trainer, having trained thousands of young people and adults on making equitable change in their communities. Patty serves as Board Co-Chair for LYRIC, a San Francisco LGBTQQ organization and was appointed to the State Bar Board of Trustees by Governor Gavin Newsom in 2023.

 

"As an experienced community leader with a track record of driving equitable change, I envision the collaboration with the Leadership Team and MPP as an opportunity to leverage my diverse expertise and partnerships to empower local youth and community members. By centering principles of social justice and inclusion, I aim to guide the team in developing impactful initiatives that address the unique needs of the communities I serve."

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Kari Beuerman

Social Services Director, Marin County Health & Human Services

Kari Beuerman is the Social Services Director for the County of Marin. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Community Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from USC. Kari also holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Services from Hebrew Union College.

 
Kari became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and started her career in social services working at a Bay Area non-profit that serves developmentally disabled adults and children. She was a case manager and a supervisor, serving primarily monolingual Spanish speaking individuals and families. Kari came to the County of Marin for the first time in 2005 as a supervisor in Aging and Adult Services. In 2012, Kari left Marin to serve as the Division Director of Adult and Long Term Care for the County of Santa Cruz for four years.
 
Kari returned to Marin County HHS in 2016 in her current capacity as Social Services Director. She serves on the First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission, the Community Schools Advisory Board, as well as on the Board of CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center). She is the co-chair of the Bay Area Social Services Consortium Human Services Directors, and she is active in the California Welfare Directors’ Association. Kari’s primary area of focus and interest is workforce development, and she enjoys striving to find ways to support staff in carrying out their mission through training and mentorship.
 
"Collaboration between Social Services and Marin Promise is critical. In order to effectively and comprehensively serve the safety net population of Marin County, we must look towards education, prevention, and equitable access for all as the keys to success."
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Omar Carrera

CEO,Canal Alliance

CEO of Canal Alliance since October 2016, Omar Carrera is a social entrepreneur, human rights advocate, and strategic visionary with more than 18 years of experience in business operations management in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Omar was born and raised in Ecuador where he earned a CPA and Business Management degree and worked for Mitsubishi as a Senior Consultant before coming to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002. Omar graduated from the Nonprofit Management Program at San Francisco State University and received multiple certifications from the Executive Education Program at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Omar currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Marin Promise, the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce. He also serves on the Marin County Public Health COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Community Advisory Board (CAB), the Marin Advisory Board of the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay board, and the EAH Housing California Advisory Council.

 

"I'm committed to collaborating and supporting the Marin Promise Partnership collective efforts to solve educational inequities in Marin County. Long-standing systemic and racial inequities require a collective response with a strong sense of urgency."

 

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John Carroll

Superintendent, Marin County Office of Education

In June 2022, John Carroll was elected as Marin County Superintendent of Schools to replace one of his mentors, Mary Jane Burke, who served 7 terms in office.

 

Carroll has served in public education for 36 years. He has worked as a teacher or administrator at every grade level from preschool through grade 12.

 

John Carroll attended Marin schools from preschool through the second year of college. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Speech/Rhetoric), three education credentials and a master’s degree in educational leadership from Sonoma State University.

 

For the past several years, Mr. Carroll’s professional development work has focused on improving educational experiences and outcomes for all students, especially those from historically underserved communities. He has substantial training in racial equity and equity-informed practices such as standards-based reporting (rather than compliance-based grading), data-informed assessment and intervention especially in elementary math and reading and the expansion and strengthening of early childhood education programs.

 

John Carroll puts students first in his professional life and considers their needs in every decision no matter how far removed from the classroom. He cares about all children but has a special place in his heart for students who struggle in school, who face extra challenges or have trouble fitting in or behaving appropriately.

He has been married to Monique Paltrineri, an elementary school teacher, for 25 years. They have two children attending college.

 

"The Marin Promise Partnership’s capacity to bring organizations and individuals together to work toward ambitious, researched-based goals for educational equity has been highly effective. MPP has helped me build connections with people I might never have met and who are working on key elements of MCOE’s mission. In the future, I envision an ever-stronger partnership and an increased pool of partners with the resources to engage in efforts to support learning and social-emotional growth for all of Marin’s students."

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Jonathan Eldridge

Superintendent/President, College of Marin

Jonathan Eldridge, Ed.D serves as College of Marin’s 11th Superintendent/ President. He came to the College in 2013 and most recently served as the College’s Assistant Superintendent/Vice President for Student Learning & Success. Dr. Eldridge supports a diverse group of faculty, staff, and administrators to create a truly coherent and integrated educational program for students. His commitment to student success is rooted in recognizing historical and systemic disparities in opportunity and outcomes and ensuring resources are directed at eliminating those disparities.

 

Dr. Eldridge received a bachelor’s degree in History with a minor in political science from Central Washington University, graduating from CWU’s William O. Douglas Honors College. His master’s degree is in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University and his doctorate is in organizational change and leadership from the University of Southern California.

 

“Communities benefit when there is a commitment by institutional and other leaders to create collective impact through coordinated effort. Marin Promise Partnership is the vehicle by which this impact can most effectively occur within Marin’s educational sector—and beyond. As the community’s college, College of Marin understands our responsibility to work collectively to drive systems change and eliminate disparate outcomes for all members of our diverse community.”

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Balandra Fregoso

Executive Director, Parent Services Project

Balandra is the Executive Director at Parent Services Project (PSP). Prior to joining PSP, Balandra was the Director of Operations at A Home Away from Homelessness, a program of Bay Area Community Resources that provides academic support and enrichment opportunities to homeless and formerly homeless youth. Balandra worked for many years in partnership with San Rafael City Schools, Marin Community Foundation and First 5 Marin to coordinate San Rafael School Linked Services and the Canal School Readiness Initiative. Balandra was born and raised in the Bay Area and spends most of her free time with her family. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and is passionate about social justice issues including educational equity and immigration reform.

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Carmen Ghysels [Invited]

Superintendent of San Rafael City School District, San Rafael City Schools (SRCS)

Coming Soon!

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LaResha Huffman

Superintendent, Sausalito/Marin City School District, Sausalito Marin City School District

Coming Soon!

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Adam Jennings

Superintendent, Shoreline Unified School District

Coming Soon!

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Jamillah Jordan [Invited]

Equity Director, County of Marin

Coming Soon!

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Traci Lanier

Vice President & Deputy Director, 10,000 Degrees

As Vice President at 10,000 Degrees, Traci is responsible for overseeing scholarships, data and evaluation, policy, and advocacy, as well as cultivating partnerships locally and nationwide that support the college success field and provide opportunities for students from low-income communities. Traci is passionate about transforming education policy and structures to better support access and opportunity for all students.

Traci serves on the board of the National Scholarship Providers Association, she is a founding steering committee member of the Northern California College Promise Coalition, and is active in many national, statewide, and local equity-focused partnerships. She previously served on the Advisory Council for COMPASS, (College of Marin Dual Enrollment Partnership), as co-chair of the Marin Promise College Enrollment Action Team, and as special advisor on projects for The College Board. Traci holds a master’s degree in international studies from the University of Denver, and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from San Francisco State University.

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Johnathan Logan [Invited]

VP of Community Engagement, Marin Community Foundation

Coming Soon!

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Eric Lucan

Marin County Supervisor, District 5, Marin County Board of Supervisors

Eric Lucan is a member of the Marin County Board of Supervisors, representing District 5. Eric grew up, married and is now raising a family in Novato. Prior to being elected to the Marin County Board of Supervisors, Eric served on the Novato City Council for 11 years with a few rotations as Mayor and served as the Chief Marketing Officer for Mikes Bikes.

 
Supervisor Lucan has a history of supporting and advocating for youth by working with and mentoring young people as a church youth director, volunteer soccer and volleyball coach, serving on the City of Novato Recreation, Cultural, and Community services Commission, and as a Board Member of MarinKids.
 
As a father to two young children, Eric understands firsthand the need to support the health and education for all children in Marin. Eric earned a bachelor’s degree in Ministerial Studies from Christian Life International and a Master of Business Administration from Georgia State University.
 
Collaboration amongst government, community-based organizations, schools, and community members is critical to addressing the needs of all children in Marin County. Marin Promise’s ability to convene key stakeholders helps advance these efforts.
 
 
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Kim Mazzuca

CEO, 10,000 Degrees

Kim Mazzuca has served as president and CEO of 10,000 Degrees since 1999. A Bay Area native and first-generation college graduate, Kim brings more than two decades of experience in executive leadership in nonprofit management, philanthropy, and social justice. Kim’s transformative leadership has made an indelible impact in educational equity and justice not just in Marin County, but across the Bay Area and nationally. As a chief executive officer, board volunteer and leader, social justice advocate and mom, she is guided by very personal and deeply held values of compassion, equality, justice, and human kindness. She firmly believes that we all share a responsibility to give to others and to help create a more loving, just, and equitable world. Kim has dedicated 40 years to supporting individuals who are traditionally underrepresented and marginalized by systemic racism and persecution. She has served on numerous boards, including the Prison University Project, Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, and the National College Access Network Board of Directors, where she completed a three-year term as board president.

 

Kim has received numerous awards for her leadership, including the induction into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, San Francisco State University’s Alumna Medal of Honor for Distinguished Service, the Executive Leadership Award of Excellence by the National College Access Network, the Nonprofit Leader of Year award by the North Bay Business Journal, the Social Impact Business Competition Award by the Growth Philanthropy Network in New York, and was the Legislative Woman of the Year for California’s 10th Assembly District. Kim holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree from San Francisco State University and is a graduate of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Program for Nonprofit Leaders (where she was named a fellow in 2001). Additionally, she completed doctoral studies at the University of San Francisco in Organization and Leadership.

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Maria Niggle

Executive Director, First 5 Marin

Maria is the Executive Director at First 5 Marin. She has a wealth of experience across Marin County and with countless community partners—along with an absolute dedication to equity of opportunity for every single child in Marin. She served as the chair of our commission from 2020 through early 2023, but also worked for First 5 Marin as a school readiness coordinator in West Marin many years ago. Most recently, Maria was the Director of Early Childhood and Community Collaboratives at Marin Promise Partnership, advocating for equitable, systemic change in Marin County Schools to support all children from cradle to career— including enthusiastic support for the “Community Schools” movement. She previously served as a social worker for the County of Marin, a “promatora” (health promoter), and as the Director of Strategic Research for WestEd. Maria was the co-founder of “Abriendo Caminos,” an immigrant leadership program and served as the chair of the West Marin Collaborative. She has a robust background with early childhood education research, data analysis, collective impact and results-based program evaluation. Maria earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science Interdisciplinary Studies from San Francisco State University and Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Child Welfare from Columbia University. Maria writes that her goal is to “ensure every child in Marin has a healthy start, a head start, a fair start, a safe start in life with the help of caring families and communities.”

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Lisa Raffel

Executive Director, Bridge the Gap

Lisa has more than 30 years of experience in a wide variety of educational settings. Most recently, she was Head of Lower School at Black Pine Circle in Berkeley, where she led a student body of 130 kindergarten through fifth graders and a faculty of 25 teachers, specialists, and other staff. Previously she was a Division Director for education at Catholic Charities of the East Bay focusing on college entry and success for first-generation students and building multi-service collaboratives in Contra Costa County.

 

Lisa has also been involved with WestEd, a San Francisco-based nonprofit working to promote educational excellence as a trainer in the areas of early numeracy and family-school partnerships. Lisa was chosen as a Koshland Fellow with the San Francisco Foundation. She has a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies, a California teaching credential, and an M.A. in Education from UC Berkeley, and Administrative Credential from St. Mary’s College.

 

"Through radical collaboration, all of us that are a part of Marin Promise Partnership must study the data and find high leverage, creative solutions so that every child and family in Marin County has the resources and opportunity to thrive."

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Cristina Salcedo

TES/SUSD Family Advocate, Shoreline Unified School District

Maria Cristina Salcedo Mora was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, and most people call her Cristina, and those who know her well call her Cristy. She came to this country during Regan’s 1986 Amnesty Program; her father had been working in this country on and off since he was a teenager and he then sent for his children. His dreams and hopes for his young family never included raising them here, but in elementary school, she had just completed the 4th grade when her mother got the call that it was time to go. Cristina didn’t know then that she wouldn’t see her home, family, and friends for years to come. Arriving here was a culture shock! To not know the language, everyone looked different, they dressed differently. She felt different and othered. Assimilating wasn’t easy. The teachers seemed nice, but the aids were unkind, instilling fear and insecurity. She was only allowed to speak Spanish at home. There, her father loved telling stories of his hometown, his Mexico, and her Mexico too. This led Cristina to find a connection with MECHA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán) in high school, and later leading that organization & chapter at her school.

 
 
Being the Family Advocate for Tomales Elementary and Bodega Bay Schools did not come with a manual, unfortunately. There was no standard operating procedure at that time and nothing Cristina could use to reference. No trace was left behind, so she started to create the role with a lot of help from her school community. She asked lots of questions, asked teachers and administrators what had been done before, and what resources were available. She reached out to parents and started building rapport and relationships. Slowly but surely, she found her way. The role felt natural to Cristina; it was what she had done her entire life. She was her parents’ advocate when they came to this country. As the oldest daughter, she helped with translating and filling out forms, being the mediator, the conduit, and the person they could come to for help. Today her role continues to be service and of giving back to her community, and of support and hope. Cristina wants to give back, encourage, and uplift as many people as possible. She wants to be the hope that she found in other people who helped her throughout her journey. She does what she does because it gives her great joy and satisfaction to be a part of the community. She also gets to see her own daughter be a part of it. She too wants her daughter to have respect and pride for her roots, and to never forget where she comes from. Today Cristina advocates for students. Si se puede!
 
"I envision the collaboration having meaningful impact in my community by supporting Board Members of our Shoreline community in all the work we are accomplishing with our schools and students. Also, continue supporting student and parent voices, making sure that our Teachers have access to all the tools necessary that they need to support student data and maximize the outcomes. Have clear goals for our Administration team and how to accomplish them. Lastly, celebrate all the good work that is actively happening and keep it interesting, innovative, curious and always having an open space to uplift each other."
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Tracy Smith [Invited]

Superintendent, Novato Unified School District, Novato Unified School District

Coming Soon!

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Tara Taupier

Superintendent, Tamalpais Union High School District

Dr. Taupier has served as the Superintendent of the Tamalpais Union High School District since 2018. Prior to 2018, she served as Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, and the Senior Director of Instructional Technology and Staff Development. She was hired by the District in 2002 and was a social studies teacher and an assistant principal. She began her career as a teacher and teacher leader in schools in Massachusetts.

 
Dr. Taupier holds an Ed.D. from San Francisco State University, an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts, and a B.A. from Colby College. In addition, she has received teaching awards, is active in professional organizations, and has demonstrated leadership in the Tamalpais Union High School District in promoting equity for all students.
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10,000 Degrees, Kim Mazzuca, President

Bridge the Gap College Prep, Lisa Raffel, Executive Director (Community Based Org Representative)

Canal Alliance, Omar Carrera, Executive Director

College of Marin, David Wain-Coon, President

Community Action Marin, Chandra Alexandre, CEO

County of Marin Supervisors, Dennis Rodoni, Supervisor

County of Marin Equity Office, Jamillah Jordan (Invited), Director

County of Marin Department of Health and Human Services, Kari Beuerman, Social Services Director & Benita McLarin, Director of Health and Human Sevices

First 5 of Marin, TBD

Marin Community Foundation, Johnathan Logan (Invited), VP of  Community Engagement

Marin County Office of Education, John Carroll, Superintendent

Marin County Free Library, Lana AdlawanDirector of County Library Services

Marin Independent Journal, Rob Devincenzi, Publisher (Business Representative)

Novato Unified School District, Jan LaTorre Derby (Invited), Superintendent

Parent Services Project, Balandra Fregoso, Executive Director (Parent Organization Representative)

San Rafael City Schools, Jim Hogeboom, Superintendent

Sausalito Marin City School District, Itoco Garcia, Superintendent

Shoreline Unified School District, Adam Jennings, Superintendent

Tamalpais Union High School, District Tara Taupier, Superintendent

Youth Leadership Institute, Patty Barahona, CEO (Youth Representative)

Youth & Family Community Member, Christina Salcedo, Individual (Youth & Family Individual Representative)

Youth & Family Community Member, Magali Limeta, Trustee Novato Unified School District (Youth & Family Individual Representative)

OPEN REPRESENTATIONAL POSITIONS

Business or Chamber of Commerce, 1 additional representational seat TBD

Teacher or Teacher Union, representational seat TBD

School Board, representational seat TBD

Foundation or Donor, representational seat TBD

Youth & Family Community Member2 representational seats TBD