About Us

Forum Members and founding teachers: Nona Dennis, Marty Griffin (founder), Phyllis Faber and Kathy Cuneo

photos © 2012 Art Rogers/Point Reyes

Our Mission: Environmental Forum of Marin Promotes a Sustainable World through Environmental Education

Environmental Forum of Marin is dedicated to the protection and enhancement of the environment by educating its Members and the Bay Area residents about environmental issues. The goal of the Environmental Forum is to conduct programs on environmental issues and  provide continuing education for its Members and the public.

Decades of Leadership in Marin

Environmental Forum of Marin embarks on its 46th year of educating and training environmental advocates. The Environmental Forum was established in 1972 by a group of stalwart environmentalists intent upon averting the future of unchecked development in Marin County. Founder Dr. L. Martin ("Marty") Griffin engaged Ellen Straus, Phyllis Faber, Nona Dennis, Kathy Cuneo, and others to convince decision-makers to protect important agricultural lands and natural eco-systems located in the County. Since our inception, over 1100 people have graduated from our Master Class and hundreds of others have attended our programs and workshops. Due to the threat of climate change, examples of topics that our educational programs now include sea level rise, water, land use, transportation, waste, toxins, and energy. All programs offer a clear look at the issues and actions you can take. 

Barbara Boxer, a graduate of our Master Class #2, congratulates the Forum on our 40th Anniversary.

Current Leadership

Board of Directors 2018 – 2019

Environmental Forum of Marin is governed by a member-elected Board of Directors. Each member on the Board serves in a specific capacity. The Board of Directors is elected at the Annual Meeting of the Environmental Forum, which is held in late Spring of each year. The current Board was elected on May 20, 2018, and will serve until the Annual Meeting in 2019.  

Our Executive Director was hired in June 2016.

Executive Director
Kim Rago (38)


Susan Rusche (24)
Vice President & Programs/Membership Director
Helene Marsh (43)
Karen Mendelow Nelson (38)
Open—To be Announced


Programs/Membership Director
Sarah Loughran (43)
Master Class Director
Norma Fragoso (42)
Master Class Assistant Director
Tom Arthur
Communications Director
Nancy Benjamin (42)

Member-at-Large (Operations/Development Planning)
Bruce Richard (35)

Off Board Positions

Social Media Coordinator
Tamela Fish (39)

Graphic Design & Website
Gayle Marsh

Environmental Forum of Marin is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and a United Way of the Bay Area Certified Agency.

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