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Leaders of the North Bay 2017

It’s always such a pleasure to work with Cynthia Murray at the North Bay Leadership Council each year in honoring organizations and individuals who exemplify the best of what it means to be a leader in the North Bay region, north of San Francisco. This year’s awardees continue the tradition, and we are pleased to present their videos here. Enjoy!

First up, the Pepperwood Preserve in Sonoma County. In light of their work around global warming and increasing drought, it was especially poignant to learn how much of the Preserve was burned by the Tubbs fire only two weeks after we recorded this video.


The Maker Movement is old and new at the same time, and Patrick Harper of Keysight Technologies was instrumental in creating a special place in Sonoma County for Makers to congregate and to, well, make things.


Teen Services Sonoma was this year’s awardee for “Empowering the Latino Community” but they provide much needed employment readiness training and job opportunities for all teens in the Sonoma city area.


New this year was the award “From Red Tape to Red Carpet: Leadership in Government” honoring effective, innovative leadership in local government. Kimberly Carroll was the first recipient of this award, and rightfully so for her work toward upping both new landlord buy-in and tenant satisfaction with low income housing in Marin County.


This year’s awardee for Community Building was Susan McQuaid of Marin CASA, a unique and under appreciated organization providing advocacy and support services to children who, usually through no fault of their own, find themselves in the court system with little to no options. Their work as advocates truly changes lives.

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Matt Martin: 2016 Leaders of the North Bay

This is the video we created for the North Bay Leadership Council for their 2016 Leaders of the North Bay awards. This video honors Matt Martin of Social Advocates of Youth (Caught in the Act of Leadership awardee) for his tireless work as a leader in the movement to get homeless youth off the streets of Sonoma County and back on track to becoming valuable contributors to the communities in which they live.

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Rachel Ginis / Lilypad Homes: 2016 Leaders of the North Bay

This is the video we created for the North Bay Leadership Council 2016 Leaders of the North Bay. This one honors Rachel Ginis and Lilypad Homes (Innovative/Entrepreneurial Spirit awardee) for her work in creating and implementing at the state level a way for existing homeowners to be able to continue to afford their homes while creating small “junior units” for rent to others who would not otherwise be able to afford to live in many areas where they work. Talk about a win-win!

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Andrew Giacomini: 2016 Leaders of the North Bay

For 2016 the North Bay Leadership Council selected a particularly noteworthy group of 5 individuals and businesses. This is the video we created for Andrew Giacomini, the “Building Community” awardee. Andrew has been instrumental in fostering community ties in Marin County, both on his own, and through the Buck Family Foundation where he serves on the Board.

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Wendy Lopez: 2016 Leaders of the North Bay

For 2016 the North Bay Leadership Council selected a particularly noteworthy group of 5 individuals and businesses. This is the video we created to profile Wendy Lopez (Empowering the Latino Community awardee) and her work to bring health education and healthy eating (and brushing!) practices to Latino families in Sonoma County.

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Cropmobster: 2016 Leaders of the North Bay

For 2016 the North Bay Leadership Council selected a particularly noteworthy group of 5 individuals and businesses. This is the video we created for Nick Papadopoulos and Cropmobster (Environmental Stewardship awardee) and their awesome social media campaign connecting farmers directly with consumers to move produce and other goods that are still viable but that would likely have gone to the landfill instead.

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Kathy Witkowicki – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

“We’re All In This Together” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honoree for community building is Kathy Witkowicki, founder of Sonoma Valley Mentoring Alliance. This video offers a brief look at Kathy’s contribution to the young people of Sonoma Valley through mentoring.

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Lisa Carreño – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

“Caught in the Act of Leadership” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honorees include Lisa Carreño, Regional Director of 10,000 Degrees, an organization dedicated to increasing the number of high school and collegiate graduates in the Latino and other under-served communities in Sonoma County. We had the opportunity to interview this true trailblazer and learn about how she came to be where she is today, and her vision for 10,000 Degrees.

This brief video is the result. We hope you find her as inspiring as we did.

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Bob Florez – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

The Leadership Council of the North Bay annually presents awards honoring individuals and organizations that demonstrate exceptional leadership in the North Bay. This year’s awardee for “Empowering the Latino Community” is Bob Florez of Sunny Hills Programs. Bob’s youth was spent in circumstances remarkably similar to those of many of today’s latino youth — marginalized and without a support network or many of the tools needed to move into a productive role in today’s society. The “YouThrive” program Bob developed directly and effectively addresses those needs at multiple levels.

In this short video, we learn about Bob and how the YouThrive program came to be.

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Redwood Credit Union – 2015 Leaders of the North Bay

“Paint the Community Green” – The North Bay Leadership Council’s 2015 honorees include the non-profit Redwood Credit Union, which has consistently championed environmental stewardship both within their own organization and among their members. We were granted a rare interview with CEO Brett Martinez, and got to take a climb up on the roof to shoot the massive array of solar panels just as a plane passed overhead.

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