Moving and Shaking
My list of Marin’s most influential residents. BY JIM WOOD
Marin’s five county
considerable influence in
addition to overseeing the
Rafael; its operations now contribute more
than half a billion dollars to the local economy.
• Mary Jane Burke, Marin’s superintendent
of schools. Her office supports Marin’s more
than 36,000 students. She’s also the force
behind SchoolsRule Marin, a county wide
organization that’s raised more than $2 mil-
lion in auxiliary funding for local schools.
• Russ Colombo, president and CEO, Bank of
Marin. Born in Marin, Colombo also chairs
SMART’s citizens oversight committee. With
the recent purchase of Bank of Alameda, his
bank now has 21 branches, 10 in the county.
• Lee Domanico, CEO, Marin General
Hospital. Last week, a $550 million project to
rebuild and seismically retrofit MGH began
construction and will take three years to
complete, while the hospital remains open.
Domanico is making this happen.
• Michael Krasny, host, Forum on KQED-FM.
Krasny, a Ph.D., English professor and
Greenbrae resident, has a daily Bay Area follow-
ing of 85,000 (and a worldwide online audience)
who listen to discussions of critical topics with
influential people. His 2016 guests include
former CIA chief Michael Hayden, author E.O.
Wilson and actor/comic Billy Crystal.
• Farhad Mansourian, general manager,
SMART. After others made a rocky start of
it, Mansourian took over management of the
38-mile commuter line bet ween Santa Rosa
and San Rafael five years ago and will deliver it
on time, this fall.
• Thomas Peters, president and CEO, Marin
Community Foundation. Started in 1987, MCF
manages $1.6 billion in assets — half from the
Buck Family Trust and half from Bay Area indi-
viduals — and distributes $65 million annually
to worthy causes, mostly in Marin County.
• Dawn Weisz, CEO, Marin Clean Energy.
Created to deliver renewable energy to Marin
at costs just above those of PG&E’s nonrenew-
able sources, MCE now serves Richmond,
Napa County and East Bay cities. Weisz was
CEO from the get-go.
If I overlooked (or overrated) someone, let
me know. That’s my point of view. What’s yours?
HERE, CURRENTLY AND strictly from my point of view, are 16 of Marin’s most accomplished and influential people. In recent months, three of
Marin’s political leaders took strong stands
on the nationwide issue of gun violence. Gavin
Newsom, California’s lieutenant governor and
a Ross resident, got a gun (and bullet) control
initiative placed on the November ballot;
Marin Congressman Jared Huffman helped
stage a congressional sit-in demanding com-
monsense gun control legislation; and Marin
Assemblyman Marc Levine had a bill signed
into law closing a loophole on assault weapon
ownership in California.
Marin’s five county supervisors wield considerable influence in addition to overseeing
the county’s unincorporated communities.
Supervisor Steve Kinsey is also chairman of
the powerful California Coastal Commission,
which recently dismissed its executive director over concerns he was overly detail-focused
and slow to make the coastline accessible
to people of all income levels. Supervisors
Judy Arnold and Kate Sears serve on the
boards of SMART (Sonoma-Marin Area Rail
Transit), set to begin service within 90 days;
and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and
Transportation District, which deals with
bridge tolls, ferry routes and bus service. And
Damon Connolly, in addition to being a county
supervisor, is a voting member of Association
of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), a nine-county and 101-city regional planning board
currently considering merging with the
Metropolitan Transit Commission (M TC),
a similar planning group concerned with
transportation issues. Supervisor Katie Rice
is Marin’s representative on the Bay Area Air
Quality Management District, which sets
Spare the Air days, when wood fires are prohibited and bus fares are free.
And here’s my alphabetical list of other
notable Marin leaders:
• Jean-Jacques Bienaime, chairman and CEO
at BioMarin Pharmaceuticals. BioMarin is a
major and growing presence in downtown San
The vie ws and opinions expressed in this article are
those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the
policy or position of Marin Magazine and its staff. RIC