About Us

Community Action Marin is the largest human services provider in Marin County and is designated by the County Board of Supervisors as the “official anti-poverty agency” for Marin County.

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Since 1966, Community Action Marin has provided an array of services to low-income residents. The scope of these services has changed over the years to meet the emerging needs of low-income people in Marin and today includes Marin Head Start, Child Development Program, Central Kitchen, Early Childhood Workforce Development, Financial Literacy and Career Counseling, Energy Assistance, Volunteer Income Tax Preparation, CARE Homeless Outreach Teams, Peer Mental Health, Emergency Family Needs, Family Partnership, and Patients’ Rights Advocacy. Community Action Marin partners with 4,000 individuals, children, and families every year.


Community Action Marin envisions an equitable and thriving Marin County, California wherein all its residents are able to reach their fullest potential.


Community Action Marin’s mission is to reduce poverty and promote equity through advocacy and the provision of education, mental health and safety net services to low-income children, families and individuals in Marin County, California.


Chandra Alexandre – Chief Executive Officer

Chandra is a seasoned nonprofit executive and fund development professional with over 15 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 movement building for global women’s rights. Previously as Vice President of Development at Global Fund for Women, a public foundation promoting women’s and girls rights around the world, she led the organization to record-breaking grantmaking in service to its mission. Before her transition to the nonprofit sector, Chandra was in private banking and served in the U.S. diplomatic corps where she worked on environmental issues. Chandra earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia. She also holds CFRE, MBA, and PhD qualifications.

Laura Byes – Vice President, Children’s Services

Laura is a long-time family advocate, with over 20 years of experience in high-quality early childhood education programs. She has extensive experience in leading and motivating teams to maximize performance and help achieve organizational success. As Assistant Vice President for both Early Head Start and a statewide Migrant and Seasonal Head Start program, she played a major role in stabilizing, energizing, and growing programs. As CEO of 4C’s in San Mateo, she extended her role in the Bay Area by actively promoting community awareness, expanding funding resources, and initiating collaborative associations with union, local government, and state agencies. Laura firmly believes that building relationships, strengthening partnerships, and seeking funding streams are fundamental to high-quality seamless delivery of services. Laura holds a Master’s in Education from Arizona State University.

Hillary Flynn – Vice President, Development

Hillary is an accomplished and mission-driven development and communications professional with over 25 years’ experience supporting the growth and sustainability of Bay Area organizations dedicated to social justice and the arts. She has extensive experience in event planning and project management, while also being effective at individual and institutional fund development including major donor solicitations, as well as grants and corporate sponsorships. As the Director of Development for The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights, she dramatically increased revenues of their annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gala Luncheon over two years. As the Founding Co-director of the Irish-American Crossroads Festival, she built their individual donor program and corporate sponsor support from scratch while leading her team to create that organization’s website, brand and marketing strategies. She has demonstrated leadership and creative initiative as a founding member of the Childhood Matters Radio Show and The California Partnership for Children’s Parent Advocacy program. Hillary holds a Master’s in Social Work from San Francisco State University.