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.

Download here our overview of services and impact brochure. 

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 Alexandre, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action Marin, is a seasoned nonprofit executive and fund development professional with 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.

While at the Bay Area Council, she was commended by the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women for her work leading outreach, community engagement, and fundraising to support the 2011 APEC Women & The Economy Summit hosted by Secretary Hillary Clinton. Prior to her nonprofit roles, Chandra worked in financial services and for the US Department of State.

She has taught both full-time and part-time students in the University of San Francisco’s Master’s in Nonprofit Administration program focused on philanthropy and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, serving her local chapter as President and as a mentor nationally in the Women’s Mentoring and Leadership Development Program.

Chandra is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE), graduated from Columbia, and holds both an MBA and a PhD.

Chandra’s commitment to equity serves her well at Community Action Marin, where board and staff are standing with low-income families and individuals struggling to find opportunity and fulfill their dreams in challenging times. Her vision is to help propel local efforts to eradicate disparities forward while promoting self-sufficiency for all in a county that has the largest inequities between racial groups in California. Community Action Marin under her leadership will continue to provide the high-quality services necessary to meet community needs while also fostering and advocating for a thriving Marin County.