Our Mission:  MarinKids moves political and public will to prioritize the wellbeing of children in Marin.

We do this through strong partnerships, policy advocacy, research and public education, mobilizing leadership and expanding and leveraging resources to implement impactful, sustainable change to assure every child in Marin has the opportunity for a healthy and successful life.

Our Board of Directors guides the work of MarinKids. Our members represent business, government, politics, healthcare, education, non-profits, faith-based organizations, and philanthropies. We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed – that every child counts.

Our goals

Every child in Marin should have:

  • Freedom from hunger, with access to good nutrition and physical fitness;
  • A safe, affordable place to live;
  • Affordable quality child care and preschool;
  • Consistent preventive medical, dental and mental health care; and
  • The opportunity to attend college and/or learn a rewarding occupation.

We invite you to join us…

to be informed, set goals for change, and take action that supports success for all kids.

To learn more, join us on Facebook or contact us at 415.530.7657 – we’d love to talk!


Striving to make kids a priority since our launch in 2010, MarinKids has…
  1. Educated the community, policymakers and voters on issues that affect outcomes for children and youth in Marin:
  • We have a resource rich website and other social media forums to inform and engage the public about the health, education and welfare of all our children in Marin.
  • We promote a child-focused policy agenda and report measures for community accountability.
  • We research, gather and communicate data and best practices to drive decision-making and spur investments in strategies that address equitable opportunities for all children.
  • We publish Data and Action Guides to educate the community about how our children are faring.
  • We develop and distribute Voter Education Guides on issues important to the welfare of children.
  1. Mobilized advocacy for policy change and public investments in key strategies and approaches that support academic achievement, child health, wellness, and safety and reduce the impacts of poverty and racial disparities.
  • We have elevated discussions at the Board of Supervisors and other policy bodies about the disparities in educational and health outcomes for children from low-income families in Marin and what we can do to give every child in Marin a real chance for a healthy, successful life.
  • We facilitate and staff the Marin Strong Start Coalition’s effort to increase sustainable resources to fund equitable access to preschool, quality child care, health care services and academic support for children.
  • We join with local and statewide partners to advocate for issues that impact children such as health insurance coverage, early education expansion, child care and housing for children in poor families.

Core Values

We embrace these values for ourselves and for the community that we serve:
  • Accountability — we hold our public officials accountable for their leadership on children’s issues;
  • Collective Responsibility — we understand that we all need to work together to ensure the well-being of children;
  • Equitable Access — we work to address racial and socio-economic disparities and to advance to the rights and voices of the least served; and
  • Dignity — we create a culture of access, inclusion and equity in all aspects of our work.



Now is the Time

The time to act is now to assure our children have the expectation of a better life.

Marin Can

It is within our reach in Marin to provide opportunities for all our children.

We thank our sponsors and partners who support the efforts of MarinKids to educate, motivate and advocate on behalf of all children in Marin.


The leadership of MarinKids represents reflects community leaders from various sectors throughout the county including community organizations, education, government, faith, media and business.

Meredith Parnell, Executive Director, MarinKids

MarinKids Board of Directors

Jenny Callaway
Congressman Jared Huffman’s office
President, MarinKids Board of Directors

Lorenzo Cordova
Aide to Supervisor Dennis Rodoni

Carol Farrer
Deputy Public Defender/SchoolsRule

Alice Fredericks
Tiburon Town Council

Patty Garbarino
President and CEO, Marin Sanitary Service

Pepe Gonzalez
Principal, Laurel Dell School

Pat Johnstone
Outreach Chair, Marin Democratic Party

Pat Kendall
Kaiser Permanente

Lisa Leavitt, M.D.
Marin Community Clinics/First 5 Marin Commissioner

Eric Lucan
Mayor of Novato
Treasurer, MarinKids Board of Directors

Jonathan Marker
CEO, Youth Leadership Institute

Max Perrey

Juan Rodriguez
Principal, Venetia Valley School/First 5 Marin Commissioner

Amy L. Reisch
Executive Director, First 5 Marin


Leadership Committee Members

Jeff Bialik
Executive Director of Catholic Charities CYO

Mary Jane Burke
Superintendent, Marin County Schools

Michael Daly
Chief Probation Officer for Marin County

Aideen Gaidmore
Executive Director, Marin Child Care Council

Kim Mazzuca
President, 10,000 Degrees

Mary Kay Sweeney
Executive Director, Homeward Bound

Mike Watenpaugh
Superintendent, San Rafael City Schools

Cecilia Zamora
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin