Diane Doodha: President

As a native San Franciscan Diane grew up appreciating the beauty of Marin and moved here in 1978.  She soon discovered the Marin Art and Garden Center and her appreciation for its beauty, history, and relevance to the Marin Community has grown with her involvement in MAGC.  Diane began her career in education and progressed through research, administration and business.  She has managed non-profit organizations in the roles of executive director and board member.  She worked in marketing and advertising, headed a small business and led workshops and seminars for leaders of business and education.  She has promoted the arts, education, ecological sustainability and world peace through volunteer work on boards of directors for both profit and non-profit organizations.   In addition to her role as President of MAGC, Diane serves on the boards of The University of California Santa Barbara Alumni Association and The Marin Cultural Association.

Diane received CVNL’s 2017 Heart of Marin Award for Excellence in Board Leadership.

Thomas (Tom) Ross Perry: Vice President

Tom joined the MAGC Board in 2017. A Ross Valley native, he graduated from Sir Francis Drake High School in San Anselmo and went on to earn a BA from Stanford. He has been a resident of Fairfax for over 40 years and was from 1976-2015 the president and co-owner of Sunnyside Nursery in San Anselmo. Tom has served on the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and with the San Anselmo Historical Society. His interests include music and photography, and he has written on subjects ranging from gardening to local history.

Pamela Scott: Secretary

Robert (Robin) P. MacNaughton: Treasurer

Robin has been on the MAGC Board of Trustees since 2011 and currently holds the post of Treasurer. He graduated from Stanford, is retired from Mechanics Bank, and is an avid tennis player in his spare time. Robin’s favorite thing about MAGC is what it brings to the community, and its potential to bring so much more.

Robert Beadle

Robert is a native Marinite, having first enjoyed MAGC when it housed the Marin County Fair prior to its move to the Civic Center. His mother, Easter, was a valued volunteer for the Northgate Group and Laurel House Antiques. Robert has lived and traveled throughout the world, but the deep-water channel in the Larkspur Marina has been his home for many years. He been a real estate broker for just under 40 years with Coldwell Banker, as a charter member of the International President Top 1% in Production Nationwide. Robert has been a Hospice by the Bay Board member for 16 years, and spent five years as President of Friends of Hospice. He is the recipient of the 2013 Dee Fahy Volunteer Achievement Award and the Spirit of Marin Award in 2003. He joined the MAGC Board in July 2019.

Andrew (Andy) Evans

Andy has been a member of the Board of Trustees since 2014 and is the current Chair of the Development Committee. He received his BA from Parsons School of Business, and works in the fields of real estate and agriculture investments and equities. His children loved Pixie Park when they were young, and now Andy enjoys golf, skiing, hiking and fishing, as well as MAGC’s peaceful beauty.

Jessica Fairchild

Jessica joined the Board of Trustees in 2011. She grew up in Kentfield and attended Ross school, as did her own children. She holds a BA in Art History from UC Santa Cruz, and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA, and now leads her own firm, Fairchild Broms Design. A member of the American Institute of Architects SF, the National Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Pacific Horticulture Society, Jessica has a background in architectural history and experience with adaptive re-use projects, often involving historic buildings. Jessica also holds a credential from the U.S. Green Building Council’s Certification Institute. She enjoys hiking, gardening and cooking, and particularly values MAGC’s quiet sense of place and history.

James (Jim) Kaufmann

Jim Kauffman joined the Board in April 2018. He held a 37-year career with Marriott, until March 2015, upon which he was President of Full Service Hotels in US and Canada. He currently serves on the Board of the Michigan State School of Hospitality Alumni Association, USF School of Hospitality Advisory Board, Family House, and Snowhite Hospitality. Jim and his wife Ann and live in Ross and have for 21 years. They have a  daughter Kate who lives in NYC and a son Jack who lives in Chicago. His hobbies include biking, tennis, golf , going to the movies, and traveling with Ann. What he love about MAGC is its charm and beauty; walking the grounds on a bright sunny day is heaven.

Jordan Lavinsky

Jordan is a real estate partner at Hanson Bridgett LLP, a law firm based in San Francisco, with offices in San Rafael, Sacramento, Walnut Creek and Los Angeles.  He represents shopping centers, property owners, office building managers and developers in landlord-tenant, land use, construction and bankruptcy matters. Jordan also serves on the board of North Bay Leadership Council and teaches a law class in the Hospitality Management Department at San Francisco State University.  Originally from Philadelphia and Los Angeles, Jordan has lived in Marin since 2000 with his three children.  When he is not on the sidelines of his children’s games, Jordan enjoys music, traveling, skiing, and mountain biking.

Edison (Ed) Lewis

Since 1987 Ed has run the property management division of Keegan & Coppin, the North Bay’s largest commercial real estate brokerage company.

Ed has served on a number of non-profit boards. For seven years he was on the Board of the Marin Center for Independent Living, three of which as President. For about twelve years he has served on the Lifehouse Community Housing Partnership Board which manages five properties housing disabled individuals.

As a fourth generation resident of Ross/Kentfield, Ed looks forward to continuing his responsibilities on the Marin Art and Garden Center Board as Vice President, Chair of the Nominating Committee, and as a member of the Operations Committee. There is so much work yet to be done to make the Center all it can be.

Edward (Ned) Purdom

Ned is a fourth-generation Marin resident with family branches in California going back to the Spanish and Gold Rush erasAfter a career as a public relations professional, he taught high school English for 15 years, and was recognized as the Albany Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2006. An active volunteer with Bridge the Gap in Marin City where he is an English and social studies tutor, Ned also works with Marin CASA, advocating for children’s needs in the Marin County Dependency court. He is an avid gardener, hiker, and enjoys writing and photography. He joined the Board in July 2019, and says “MAGC is a wonderful community resource for learning about our natural and aesthetic worlds and for celebrating friendships – new and old.