Jerry Friedman Environmental Action Committee Scholarship

Photo courtesy of Art Rogers, Point Reyes. 

Recognizing a West Marin leader of environmental and agricultural protection

Donor:  Environmental Action Committee of West Marin.
Amount:  Covers full tuition to the Master Class.

Each year, the Environmental Action Committee offers a full scholarship to enable a West Marin resident to attend Environmental Forum of Marin's Master Class training program for environmental activists. The scholarship is a tribute to environmentalist and veteran Marin County Planning Commissioner Jerry Friedman.

Prior to his death in 1999, Jerry and others concerned about increasing development pressures on rural West Marin founded the Environmental Action Committee. He served as its first Executive Director in 1971. A long-time resident of Point Reyes Station, Jerry worked alongside the founders of Environmental Forum of Marin and the Marin Agricultural Land Trust, laying the foundation for a legacy of local environmental protection, the creation of Point Reyes National Seashore, adoption of A-60 zoning in agricultural areas, and the establishment of the original Marin Countywide Plan. Throughout his life, he was a respected and valued voice of balanced growth, environmental quality, and collaborative City-County decision-making.


The deadline for applying for the 2017- 2018 Jerry Friedman Environmental Action Committee Scholarship is July 31, 2017.

To apply for this scholarship, please contact:

Environmental Action Committee of West Marin    
P.O. Box 609
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 663-9312

2012 recipient — Kore' D'Abravanel

Kore' D'Abravanel has degrees in architecture, interior design and urban planning from Cornell University, UCLA, and California College of the Arts. She was born to a father who was an architect and urban planner and a mother who was an artist and interior designer, and has followed these disciplines her entire life. After spending her childhood in an artist co-operative on the East Coast, she moved to Israel with her family and then Geneva, Switzerland, where she graduated from Ecole International. She first lived in West Marin in 1970 before practicing in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, where she designed hotels, restaurants, museums and country clubs. She then established her own business: Architecture Befriending Children. She returned to Marin County in 2000 to raise her son and preserve the authenticity of the towns along the Coast. Recently, inspired by her thesis on Pienza, a World Heritage site in Tuscany, she established D’Abravanel Design in West Marin. She plans to use her expertise to develop a master plan for Point Reyes Station and be of service to the community. 

2011 recipient — Bernie Stephan

Bernie Stephan was born in Germany, raised in Winnipeg, Canada, earned a BS in Mathematics from UC Irvine and an MBA from Golden Gate University. Married to Jerilyn for 41 years, they raised their two children in San Geronimo, where Bernie coached youth soccer, co-founded the Montessori program and was twice elected to the Lagunitas School Board. He now coaches soccer with his grandson in Petaluma.

After a 21 year IT career at Pac Bell, Bernie worked as a QA consultant, real estate appraiser and broker. He started and managed the RE/MAX brokerages in Petaluma and Novato and now operates Eco Realty from his home office in Inverness. As a community activist, he helped create Transition West Marin, the Marin Council of MoveOn and The Marin Grange. He serves as VP of Sustainable Marin, chairs its Water Committee and co-hosts Post Carbon Radio on KWMR.

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