I’m not a native but I got here as fast as I could! I’ve been in Marinwood since 1992 and can’t imagine living anywhere else. I’m a solo attorney doing general practice from home; I even make house calls. I love the flexibility inherent in how I work—breaks are in my garden playing with my pup and my commute takes five seconds. I get to do good work for fine people who pay me enough to let me do pro bono whenever I want. I wanted to be on the Board because I believe everyone should do something for their community and this is the perfect fit for me. With my background in finance and taxation (Masters of Tax Law, BA in Economics), I felt that I could help the District communicate its fiscal policies to the folks who provide the money—the taxpayers of Marinwood.
Board of Directors
There is a publicly elected Board of Directors consisting of five members serving four-year terms. While the directors could receive pay for the work they do, over the years they have rejected that idea. In order to broaden the base of local government, the Board has appointed a Fire Commission and a Parks and Recreation Commission. Members of the Commissions are appointed for two-year terms by the CSD Board.
My family and I moved to Marinwood in 2007 and I quickly became invested in the community through relationships at school, with neighbors and sports. I am a strong advocate of community service and enjoy the opportunity to help others and serve as a role model for my children. I am a facilities project manager by profession. I was elected to the CSD Board of Directors in 2013. My goal is to utilize my professional experience by bringing creative solutions to the challenges that arise within our community.
I have been a resident of Marinwood since 2004 and on the Board of Directors since 2006. I am the principal of my architectural firm, Hansell Design. My son, Will, attends school locally. I come from a family that places a high value on public service, and I reflect that value in my own life. I joined the Board of Directors to make my contribution to the Marinwood Community, where my interests are working to strengthen the community identity, especially through visual design elements, and to maintain the CSD’s infrastructure. I am a Board Member of the San Francisco and Marin Food Bank and actively support local arts education.
Growing up in Arizona, if nothing else, gave me a genuine appreciation for the unique beauty of the Bay Area. After living in San Francisco for nearly ten years, my wife and I were fortunate enough to end up in Marinwood in 2011. Little did we know how wonderful of a community it truly is and we feel privileged to call it our home.
Through finding such an idyllic place, I grew inclined to be involved in public service through the CSD to help ensure that what we've moved to the area for and the qualities we've come to cherish about Marinwood remain for future generations to enjoy. I believe that getting elected to the CSD in 2013 is just the beginning of an amazing experience for me to help protect and better our community.
I was born and raised in the Sunset District of San Francisco. As a youth, my family would drive north to Marin to escape the hustle and bustle of the “city” life. When I came into my own, I decided to buy property in Marin for these same reasons. In 1996, my wife, Gabriela and I bought a home in Marinwood. We chose this neighborhood because of its beautiful open spaces and the excellent public schools. Our children are now 15 and 18 years old and have both graduated from the Dixie School District. As their parents, we have enjoyed contributing many hours volunteering to ensure the quality of their education and we have had the pleasure of working alongside many other dedicated parents. We have also had the opportunity to meet so many of the wonderful people in our neighborhood through our children’s sports and a number of community events sponsored by our fire fighters, the CSD and Kelly’s Wishes Foundation. I began my service to the CSD as a volunteer for a special finance committee; I am now honored to continue my service as an elected director for my beloved community.