The Marin Art & Garden Center is pleased to announce that Board President, Diane Doodha, is the recipient of the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership’s award for Excellence in Board Leadership.

Mrs. Doodha has been a tireless advocate for the Marin Art & Garden Center (MAGC) and has played a crucial role in developing MAGC into the organization it is today. She was selected from 10 nominees due to her efforts in turning MAGC around after near closure. During that time, she made decisions that led to the stabilization of MAGC’s financials, the hiring of an Executive Director, the renovation of a historic gallery and the creation of new strategic partnerships.

“We are all proud of Diane and glad that she has received this well-deserved honor.  Her dedication to MAGC saved the organization at a critical moment and has led to its rebirth as a strong and vital part of the community,” said Antonia Adezio, Executive Director of the Marin Art & Garden Center.

The annual Heart of MarinTM Awards is the largest recognition event of its kind in the county honoring local leaders and their causes. On January 12, 2017, over 800 people attended the Awards Ceremony & Luncheon where the winners were announced. Winners were selected in 8 categories, including Excellence in Board Leadership, Corporate Community Service, Volunteer of the Year, Excellence in Innovation, Youth Volunteer of the Year, Achievement in Nonprofit Excellence, Excellence in Leadership and Lifetime Achievement. The Excellence in Board Leadership Award is presented to an exceptional volunteer member of a Marin non-profit board of directors. In addition to the award, the winner is the recipient of a $5,000 donation to their organization.

This was the 24th year the Heart of MarinTM awards have been presented by the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL). Since 1964, CVNL has advanced nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation, and empowering individuals throughout the Bay Area.

Photo credit: Stuart Lirette.