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.

The scholarship is a tribute to environmentalist, veteran Marin County Planning Commissioner, and EAC founder, Jerry Friedman. In 1971, Jerry and other concerned citizens founded the EAC because they were concerned about the increasing development pressures on rural West Marin. A long-time resident of Point Reyes Station, Jerry worked alongside many key players, nonprofits, government agencies and land users to lay the foundation for a legacy of local environmental protection, including 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. Our hope is this scholarship will help local residents continue in the steps of people like Jerry, who made such a difference, through advocacy, to keep West Marin Wild. 


The annual application process opens in May. Applicants are chosen by a committee, and are asked to provide a one-two page statement of why you want to attend the EFM Master Class, and how you think it will help you succeed. Electronic application available in May 2018.

Recipients of the Jerry Friedman Scholarship, will be ambassadors of EAC’s work and mission, and receive a one-year membership to our organization. Once selected, the recipient will need to sign an acceptance letter agreeing to punctuality, being respectful, and engaged in the classroom and master class process. They are also required to provide individual class summaries and photos to share with our members, updates on their stewardship project (especially if it can enhance work we already do), as well as a final report on their experience.  

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

2017 recipient — Wendi Kallins

Wendi Kallins is the founder and Program Coordinator for Marin Safe Routes to Schools, the national model program. She is on the steering committee of Coalition for a Livable Marin and the executive board of Sustainable Marin. She was the progressive candidate for the Board of Supervisors 4th district where she came in third in an eight person race. She has been actively promoting sustainable housing and transportation countywide for 30 years. As the rounder of Safe Routes to Schools she has provided training and consultation to over 40 communities, nationwide developing new programs and model curriculum. Wendi has been a featured speaker on SR2S at dozens of conferences, nationally and internationally.

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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