About Us

Community Action Marin is a private, non-profit Agency which as been designated as the primary anti-poverty agency of Marin County. As a Community Action Agency, we are charged with speaking for those without a voice, advocating for social justice and equity, and creating an environment which promotes opportunity, self-sufficiency and hope for all our community members.

CAM is governed by a tri-partite Board of Directors, consisting of elected public officials or their appointees, representatives of the Agency’s client population and individuals from the private sector.  This unique board structure empowers clients to participate in the response to local poverty issues while at the same time public and private representatives gain a better understanding of those issues confronting low-income people in Marin.  These members offer their unique perspectives and expertise to the policy-making and business of Community Action Marin.

Administration

Mary Wong, Interim Executive Director and CFO

Mary Wong is a forward-thinking, transformational leader with a passion for helping people build and direct their own lives.  Skilled with years of entrepreneurial and executive experience working with emerging and turnaround organizations that often operate with limited resources, Mary thrives on problem solving through creative solutions and strategic partnerships while striving to build sustainable bridges, deepen awareness and cultivate relationships between Community Action Marin and the community it serves.

Recognizing that strong communities are built on vision, intuition, dedication and compassion, Mary is committed to developing a highly impactful organization that consistently meets the needs of the community and the tenets of Community Action Marin’s mission:  To speak for those without a voice, advocate for social justice and equity, and create an environment that promotes opportunity, self-sufficiency and hope for all members of Marin County.

Mary is a Certified Corporate Financial Planning professional with Bachelor degrees in Finance and International Relations from University of Southern California.

Max Perrey, Chief of Staff

Max Perrey brings experience from positions in government, non-profit organizations and political campaigns to the role of Chief of Staff. Previous to joining Community Action Marin, Max was an aide for Marin County Supervisor Katie Rice, where he worked on policy issues ranging from homelessness and housing to helping to build a community coalition dedicated to reducing pesticide use.

Max graduated with merit from the London School of Economics, where his masters thesis focused on climate change negotiations at the UN. Previously, Max attended UC Santa Cruz, where he achieved highest honors from his department, with BA’s in both Legal Studies and Politics. While pursuing his masters degree, Max Co-Founder of the 1989 Generation Initiative, an organization that seeks to create a new dialogue on pan-European policy. Today the organization is thriving, with a central London office and chapters in 8 countries.

Max has always believed that people have the ability to harness their unique skills to create the systemic change they want to see in the world. This belief in grassroots people power is borne out of experience working for candidates running for Congress, the California State Assembly, and local government, as well as managing a successful local parcel tax measure to reduce class sizes. Max currently serves on the board of MarinKids and the local and regional Sierra Club, in addition to representing Community Action Marin at the Marin Promise Partnership and Rising Together: The Power of Nine.

Hillary Flynn, Development Director

Hillary Flynn has worked within social justice organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area for more than 25 years, the last 15 of which have been dedicated to development and fundraising.  She believes in the power of stories to change the world for the better and this belief informs her dedication and approach to development work in the nonprofit sector.

At the beginning of her career, Hillary attained her Masters in Social Work from San Francisco State University with a focus on administration and planning and with the aim of being an agent for lasting change in the lives of low-income kids and families.  Prior to that, she received her Bachelor’s degree from Boston College, majoring in Political Science.  Her early years of direct service and program management experience at such venerable organizations serving low-income individuals and families as Central City Hospitality House, The California Children’s Lobby, and De Marillac Academy in SF’s Tenderloin, to name a few, inspire her until today.  She also had the privilege of working for the San Francisco Department of the Status of Women and the California State Assembly.  More recently she was the Development Director for Childhood Matters Radio Show and for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco.  Hillary is also the founding co-Director for the Irish-American Crossroads Festival. She joined Community Action Marin in 2017 where she is honored to work towards charting this historic agency’s new, strategic direction.

Programs

From the beginning, CAM has acted as a laboratory for innovative methods of addressing causes of poverty in Marin.  Many successful local programs originated within the Agency including the Marin Food Bank, Ritter Center, the Farmer’s Market and Homeward Bound.  Today, CAM’s practical and timely programs emphasize education, nutrition, mental health, emergency services, asset development and more.

Central management and core activities of the Agency are provided by its central administrative unit and financed through direct and indirect federal, state, local funding as well as private foundation grants and donations. Day-to-day responsibilities include program planning and development, grants and contract administration, accounting, human resources, program evaluation, facilities management, disaster preparedness, client advocacy and resource mobilization.

Advocacy

The Agency works to provide rapid response to clients facing a personal or economic crisis.  Such events can plunge families into desperate cirumstances such as loss of home, jobs, household goods, credit, and other hardships.  The Central Administration’s Client Advocate is available to those who have not found services elsewhere.  Call (415) 526-7500 for assistance.