Executive Board of Directors
Haden Ongaro – Board Chair
SVP, Newmark Cornish and Carey
Haden has been in commercial real estate for the past 27 years. He began his career in 1986 where he worked in the Marin office of Grubb & Ellis. In 1995, he was a founding member of Orion Partners, Ltd, a commercial real estate firm which focused in the North Bay markets. During his tenure with Orion Partners, Haden was the company’s Top Producer and helped Orion Partners grow into the largest commercial real estate services provider in the North Bay.
In 2010, Haden joined Cornish & Carey Newmark Knight Frank as a Senior Vice President and Managing Director where he was instrumental in establishing their new offices in Marin and Santa Rosa. Haden’s career has been focused on the successful negotiations of major commercial real estate sales and leases which includes many of Marin County’s highest profile transactions – Hamilton Landing, Belvedere Place, 4000-4040 Civic Center Drive, 75-88 Rowland Way, 100 Wood Hollow and Fireman’s Fund.
Supervisor Judy Arnold – Board Vice Chair
Marin County Supervisor, District 5
Judy Arnold was elected to serve on the Marin County Board of Supervisors representing District 5 (Novato) in 2006. Prior to that Judy served on the Novato City Council from 2003-2006 and was involved in many civic and non-profit organizations. As Supervisor, Judy founded the Marin Economic Forum to focus on a local sustainable economy, authored a resolution adding Education to the Board’s goals of sustainability, preserved the 56 acres of Miramonte for SMART to restore for wetland preservation and mitigation, and led the charge for government transparency and meaningful pension reform. Judy is Chair of SMART and serves as an advisory board member to the Novato Theater. Judy lives in Novato with her husband Bruce and is a proud mother and grandmother.
For a more detailed biography and a list of all boards and commissions Judy sits on please go to: marincounty.org/depts/bs/district-5/bio
Garry Lion – Board Secretary
Mill Valley City Council Member
Garry serves as the Secretary on the Board of the Marin Economic Forum. Garry is a two-time former Mayor of Mill Valley and current City Council member. Garry has been a long-term advocate for business interests including being a CEO member of the Bay Area Council, creating a Business Task Force and Business Advisory Board in Mill Valley to improve economic vitality and serving on the Mill Valley Chamber of Commerce board for over a decade.
Garry is the co-founder and a partner with Lion Associates LLC, a strategic website development firm, since 1999. Previously, Garry was a senior executive and practice leader for 27 years with global management consulting practices at A.T. Kearney, Arthur D. Little Inc. and Arthur Young & Co. He is a graduate of Stanford University (BSME), Harvard Business School (MBA) and Stanford’s Advanced Management College.
Jacqueline F. Christensen
Retired 07/31/15 (Formerly Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Banking), Interim Board Treasurer
Jacqueline recently retired from Bank of America Merrill Lynch as a SVP & Senior Relationship Manager supporting Napa, Marin and Sonoma Counties. She managed a seasoned portfolio of commercial clients with annual revenues $10 million to $100 million, covering a broad range of industries that included agriculture, healthcare, manufacturing, technology and commercial construction to name a few. Jacqueline’s career spanned 36 years with Bank of America and included management and sales positions in Consumer Banking, Private Banking, Corporate Real Estate and Commercial Banking. She is involved in her community by volunteering her time as a Board Member for the Marin Economic Forum and Solano-Napa Habitat for Humanity. Jacqueline indicated her first career chapter is finished and is deciding what her second chapter will be; not yet ready to play golf and travel full time!
Frank Borodic – Member at Large
Inn at Roundstone Farm, West Marin Chamber of Commerce
Frank Borodic, owner of the Inn at Roundstone Farm, is actively involved in west Marin County community affairs. A long term president and director of the West Marin Chamber of Commerce, he has served as Vice Chairman of the Marin County Workforce Investment Board and is a director of the Marin County Convention and Visitor Bureau. Nationally he serves as a director of the National Geotourism Council. He has been a director of the Marin Economic Forum since its inception and a member of its Destination Management and Nominating Committees.
Prior to innkeeping, Frank, as a Clinical Laboratory Scientist, has held various senior management positions in health care management within the clinical laboratory sector. He has a Master of Science and a Master of Business Administration.
Michael Kadel – Interim CEO
Business Center Manager, California Bank & Trust
As California Bank & Trust’s Senior Vice President, Business Center Manager for the North Bay, Kadel will be responsible for managing high performance business banking teams and maintaining top commercial banking relationships for the North Bay. Kadel previously served as regional manager for the Bank of Marin, where he oversaw five retail branches in the Marin area.
Mike earned a B.S. degree from Kansas State University in agricultural economics and has also earned a master’s in executive management from Pacific Coast Banking School. He has served as president of both the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce and Marin Economic Forum and has chaired numerous high profile boards, committees and groups throughout Marin County and the state of California, including esteemed organizations such as Hospice by the Bay and California Family Health Council.
Pat Kendall – Member at Large
Medical Group Administrator, Kaiser Permanente
Pat is the Medical Group Administrator for Kaiser Permanente in Marin and Southern Sonoma County. Pat’s leadership position is operational, strategic, financial, quality, care, service, people and community. She often speaks of working in the Intimacy Business believing that seeking Health Care is one of the most intimate things we do in life. In addition, Pat believes in building a healthy community with an upstream emphasis focused across the spectrum of Prevention, recognizing the impact of the social determinants on health.
Pat holds degrees in Nursing, Business, Organizational Development, Human Resources and Leadership. She has completed post graduate work at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. Pat is the recent recipient of the North Bay Leadership Award for Leadership for 2012 and San Rafael Citizen of the Year, 2013.
Jennifer Kim – Member at Large
General Manager, San Geronimo Golf Course
Jennifer Kim is the Executive Director of San Geronimo Golf Course and the Executive Director of San Geronimo Golf Foundation. She is on the West Marin Coalition for Healthy Kids and on the Bond Oversight Committee for the Lagunitas School District. She also serves on the Fund Development Committee for the San Geronimo Valley Community Center and co-hosts numerous annual events to help raise funds for low income, youth and senior services for residents of Marin. She was recently awarded the Citizen of the Year by the Lions Club and works with the San Geronimo Valley Lions Club and the San Geronimo Valley Disaster Council. Jennifer co-founded the San Geronimo Valley Community Garden and spearheads the green efforts for the San Geronimo Golf Course by working with California Department of Fish and Wildlife, County of Marin and various local and national environmental groups. She is part of the US Management Team for Hands at Work in Africa, an organization whose mission is to reach the poorest of the poor communities in Africa. Jennifer graduated with Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in Communication Studies with a Concentration in Mass Communications and an Emphasis in American Studies. She lives in Kentfield with her husband and 2 children.
CEO, Agricultural Institute of Marin
Brigitte has served as the CEO/Executive Director of Agricultural Institute of Marin since 2004. Her passion for healthy local food and her commitment to helping farmers make a viable living are evident in everything she does. On any given day, you might find Brigitte working on plans for the permanent home for the Farmers Market, advocating for farmers at the national level, or telling a group of kids about what’s really in their fast food French fries.
Before joining AIM, Brigitte had over 20 years’ experience facilitating farmers markets, having started the downtown San Rafael Farmers Market on 4th Street in 1989. She owned and operated a restaurant with her daughter and mother, and coordinated a diverse array of public and private events as an event producer. Brigitte is dedicated to realizing AIM’s vision of building a pavilion focused on celebrating the region’s agricultural roots, while simultaneously supporting the development and the success of our 500 local farmers, food purveyors, and artisans, and educating and connecting communities to local agriculture. Brigitte serves on the boards of several community organizations, including Marin Economic Forum, Marin Forum, and Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership.
Coy Smith – Member at Large
CEO Novato Chamber of Commerce
A long and successful history of fundraising and working with non-profit businesses, plus management experience are among the talents that Coy Smith brings to his position as CEO of the Novato Chamber of Commerce. He has been the CEO of the Novato Chamber since 2004. He received his credential as an Accredited Chamber Executive Graduate in 2007 from the Western Association of Chamber Executives. Coy serves on the Economic Development Commission for the City of Novato, and on the Board of Directors of the Marin Economic Forum and the Board of Superior Chamber Executives of Northern California.
Prior to work in the Chamber field, Coy was employed in several capacities in the recycling industry of over 25 years where he received several state and national awards for his work. Coy was one of fifty individuals in the United States to be selected by President Bill Clinton to serve on a task force to develop a National Recycling Policy. He is one of the founders of the Novato Charter School and has served on numerous local state and national Boards of Directors over the past thirty years.
Coy has a BS degree from San Jose State University in Environmental Studies with a minor in Communications. He is married and lives in Petaluma with his two sons.
Chris Stewart – Member at Large
Economic Development Manager, City of Novato
Chris joined the City of Novato on October 8, 2012 as their new Economic Development Manager. Prior to accepting the position he was managing partner of Stewart Consulting Group a firm that provided economic development and public/private partnership consulting services. Chris also served as CEO of three Economic Development Corporations in Los Angeles and Merced and Kern Counties. Under Chris’ leadership, those organizations helped attract more than 165,000 new jobs and increase local and county economies by $100’s of millions annually.
Jay Strauss – Member at Large
Attorney, Winton Strauss Law Group
Jay is a business, employment, real estate and personal injury attorney with Winton Strauss Law Group, P.C. handling transactions and litigation throughout the Bay Area. He also represents a number of non-profit organizations. He has extensive business experience, having started and/or run a number of companies from small to publicly traded status.
Jay is a former Mayor of Lafayette, California and now serves on: the Novato Planning Commission, the Novato Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and the Marin Economic Forum Board of Directors and Executive Committee.
Jay lives in Novato with his wife, Stephanie Bennett-Strauss MD, a behavioral and developmental pediatrician. He has 3 kids and 2 grandkids, all above average. He will play golf or poker with anyone, enjoys literature and history, and loves to get angry about politics.