Board of Directors
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Community Action Marin 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.
Amanda McCarthy is now serving her second term on the Board of Directors and, as president of the board, is shepherding the agency through an exciting transition period. Dr. McCarthy is Chief Operating Officer and a Principal at WRA, Inc., a San Rafael environmental consulting firm, where she works with the leadership team on similar organizational health initiatives to build capacity. Formally trained as a plant biologist, she brings a unique perspective to the board and is eager to build relationships in the community, working diligently to create a Marin with equal opportunity for all. She has worked with the Marin Childcare Council, Canal Alliance, and Community Action Marin to create a process for large daycare approval in the City of San Rafael and looks forward to building the Board of Directors to build fundraising, recognition, and advocacy within the community.
Joe Simmons is now retired after a career of forty-five years in urban planning and low-income housing financing. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Rice University, a Masters in Regional and Community Planning from the University of Rhode Island and a PhD in urban planning from UCLA. His professional career has included working for the Mayor’s Office in Denver and teaching at the University of Colorado and Iowa State University. Following his doctoral studies, he found that his planning experience provided a seamless transition into the financing of low income housing. The last twenty years of his working life were spent in the provision of funding for nonprofit low-income and community facility developers throughout the country. After retiring in 2012, Joe still resides in Novato, and has become active on boards in Marin County.
Matthew Bourhis grew up in Marin County. He graduated from Marin Academy in 2009 and went east to study journalism and history at Boston University. After completing his undergraduate studies, Bourhis entered UC Davis School of Law. His summer legal work included time with the California judiciary, serving both the Honorable Martin J. Jenkins at the 1st District Court of Appeal, and the Capital Central Staff at the California Supreme Court. He also spent time working for the California Senate Judiciary Committee as an advisor to the legal counsel. After earning his JD from King Hall, he began practicing law with his father, Ray Bourhis, in San Francisco, representing disabled individuals in disputes against their insurance carriers. Inspired by Community Action Marin’s commitment to social justice, he joined the Board of Directors in 2018. With expertise in law, insurance, finance and economics, he was appointed Treasurer shortly thereafter. He is passionate about facing the challenges of poverty in Marin and cares deeply about improving access to justice.
Patricia Duffy brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in Bay Area philanthropic and community organizations during which time she has pursued her commitment to the poor and underserved populations of this region. Ms. Duffy began her professional career first as a Corporate Associate with Pettit & Martin law firm in San Francisco and then as a Public Finance Associate for the law firm currently known as Sidley Austin LLP, also in San Francisco. Ms. Duffy has extensive experience with non-profit organizations, including service on numerous boards including the San Francisco National Organization for Women Political Action Committee, Ross School Foundation and Sunny Hills Services Counsel, is an active member of the National Charity League and has served as a Marin County Court Appointed Special Advocate. Ms. Duffy earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Pomona College in Claremont, California and her Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law.
Roger Crawford has lived in Marin County for 12 years and has been a member of the CAM board for 4 years. Roger Crawford currently works as the Equal Employment Director for the County of Marin. In that role, Roger shares responsibility for the development and implementation of the County’s Diversity and Inclusion policies as well as the County’s Race Equity Plan. Roger is an employment attorney and before working for the County, he worked in San Francisco at the employment law firms, Jackson Lewis and Liebert Cassidy Whitmore. Roger is originally from New York and he received his B.A. from Connecticut College and his law degree from Villanova University. Roger brings his commitment to equity and social justice as well as his legal background to the CAM board. Roger is married with three children.
Danielle George has lived and worked in Marin County since 2015. She is a Marriage and Family Therapist currently working for the County of Marin to ensure children and families are connected to mental health services in the community. Danielle has a Masters in Clinical Psychology, and in addition to doing traditional therapy, she has experience in mental health plan contract management, substance use treatment, and involuntary hospitalizations. In her current position, she interacts with and supports families that are in crisis, struggling with substance use, insecure housing, or feeling the impact of mental health issues on their family. Danielle tries to always carry the perspective of the families she works with into her role as a board member for Community Action Marin.
In 1977, Maya Gladstern used her lived experience of spending six months on a locked ward to become the first “consumer” to be appointed by the Marin Board of Supervisors to the Mental Health Board. She then organized others who had been diagnosed with serious mental illness and founded the Enterprise Resource Center (ERC), which since 1992 has been the centerpiece of Community Action Marin’s Mental Health Program. For the past dozen years, she has lead the Mental Health Advocates of Marin in representing the mental health consumer experience to the community. In 2016, the current participants of ERC petitioned CAM to have her represent them on the CAM Board.
With her notoriety for rarely turning down an invitation to join any meeting, she is grateful for her family’s support and tolerance of her many endeavors.
Jay “RANDY” Gordon
Jay “RANDY” Gordon is seasoned marketing and business development executive currently working for Cumulus Media. Over the past two decades, he has worked with some of America’s top companies including The Coca-Cola Company, Sony PlayStation, ESPN, and at Ubisoft Entertainment where he was Vice President of Marketing Services. Randy is also the author of BusiBUZZ: Business Buzzwords for Survivin’ and Thrivin’ in the Big City, a unique and humorous collection of keen insights, catchphrases and business vernacular. Randy enjoys writing, branding, forging partnerships, and helping to facilitate branding and marketing conversations within the local community. He lives in San Rafael, Marin County.