Marin Promise Partnership Mentioned in EdSource Article!

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EdSource featured Newsom's 'cradle-to-career' education pledge will require sweeping changes in California written by Karin Fischer on September 23, 2018.

Fischer writes, “Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, California’s likely next governor, is calling for an all-out assault to change the state’s educational outcomes, one that starts before birth and extends through school, college and into the workplace.”.

Welcome New Backbone Team Leaders!

Cameron Hunter - Data Manager

Driven by deep commitment to cross-sector collaboration, Cameron's leadership experience in consulting, data analysis, and project management spans nonprofits, governmental organizations, and social enterprises. Most recently, Cameron worked as a Senior Associate with Schaffer & Combs, a social-sector management consulting firm based in San Francisco. There, following his service as a Coro Fellow in Pittsburgh, PA, Cameron supported clientele in multi-stakeholder environments to develop and apply strategic frameworks within the environmental sustainability and fashion industries. Cameron is thrilled to return to the world of educational equity; his first-ever job was serving as the Children's Librarian in his small town of Bedford, New York. On the weekend, you'll likely catch him at an outdoor bluegrass concert, watching the latest David Simon series, or playing pub trivia. Cameron holds a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College. Cameron can be reached at

Maria Niggle - Director of Community Engagement

Maria joined the Marin Promise Partnership Backbone Team this year! Maria has long advocated for educational equity in California and Marin and relishes in the challenge of reducing opportunity gaps. Maria is excited about joining the backbone team, which provides the skills to see stakeholders reach educational equity goals through collaboration and collective impact. Maria believes that lasting transformation can only be achieved through trust, permission and community collaboration. Maria holds a B.S. in Social Science Interdisciplinary Studies and B.S.W. in Social Work from San Francisco State University. Maria holds a M.S.W. from Columbia University School of Social Work with a Concentration in policy research and children and families. Maria can be reached at

Education Equity Forum in Sacramento


The Marin County Team in attendance at the Education Equity Forum sponsored by Ed Trust West in Sacramento, California on July 12 - 13, 2018. Attendees included Mike Watenpaugh, Superintendent and Mayra Perez Assistant Superintendent of San Rafael City Schools, Traci Lanier, President of 10,000 Degrees and Juliet Schiller, Ed.D., Director of Collaborative Action for Marin Promise Partnership.

Make Marin County Count, Census 2020 Panel Discussion

Please join us for an engaging panel discussion of what is at stake for Marin County, the unprecedented challenges facing the 2020 Census, and the importance of cross-sector collaboration to ensure a complete and accurate census count. As trusted messengers of our local communities, we have the opportunity to increase our political, economic and demographic power through participation in the upcoming census. 

Tuesday, September 25, 2018


Guzman Hall, Dominican University

San Rafael, CA

Several factors have increased the risk of undercounting during the upcoming census:

For the first time, 55% of Census takers will be using an online questionnaireCitizenship question may be included (first time since 1950)Reduction of funding and resource allocation for Census Bureau activitiesEscalating fear around misuse of personal information and confidentiality

Communities of color, urban and rural low-income households, immigrants, and young children are all at risk of being missed by the census at disproportionately high rates. Being undercounted deprives already vulnerable communities of fair representation and vital community resources. If millions of people aren’t counted in the census, policymakers and private sector decision-makers will have a flawed blueprint when deciding how and where to invest limited resources that lift up the well-being of communities and families. If we sit this census out, our families and communities pay the price over the next decade.


I hope you can join us and please, help us promote this event with your network.  Please click HERE to register! 



Omar Carrera

Executive Director

Canal Alliance

Marin Promise Partnership Newsletters

Marin IJ Education Article: Marin nonprofit pushes for education equity

By Stephanie Weldy on May 9, 2017

Read the Article Here!



Backbone Team: Ann Mathieson, Brian Gadsden, Rebecca Brown, Shelley Hamilton, Nadia Lehrer. Partners: Mike Watenpaugh - Superintendent SRCS, Michelle Stephens - NUSD, Sara Jones - San Rafael Free Public Libraries, Anna Pilloton - College of Marin and Alexander Stern of 10,000 Degrees


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