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.
Nanette Londeree: Secretary
Nanette is a passionate life-long gardener that sees MAGC as a hidden jewel in the heart of Marin. Equally enthused about arts, history and culture, she served as a Cultural Affairs Commissioner for the City of San Rafael for eight years, and as President of Marin Heritage, the historic preservation group that helped save Falkirk, now San Rafael’s cultural center, from demolition. She has been on the MAGC Board since 2007, during which time she also served as acting Garden Manager for three years and co-Executive Director for three years. With a B.S. in Microbiology, her lengthy management career in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries focused on Quality Assurance, Quality Control, regulatory compliance, auditing, training and project management. An active Marin Master Gardener and American Rose Society Master Rosarian, she is a freelance horticultural writer; author of hundreds of articles in local, regional and national publications. She has served on the Marin County Integrated Pest Management Commission for the past four years, and is currently engaged in the County’s Pesticide Reduction Coalition Project.
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.
Joseph (Joe) Behrendt
Joe joined the MAGC Board in 2015. A graduate of the University of San Francisco, Joe is now retired. He lives in Ross with his wife Jamie, and enjoys travel, gardening, reading, and hiking. He walks through MAGC’s tranquil 11 acres almost every day, and finds the grounds more beautiful than ever. He is presently the Chair of the Board Finance Committee.
Vivien joined the MAGC Board in 2011. She has lived in Kentfield since 1975 and is one of the founders of the Kentfield Schools Foundation. Vivien was the first woman in Marin elected to serve in the California State Assembly, where she worked on a number of important environmental and human rights legislative initiatives. She has served on the boards of American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the Marin Jewish Relations Council, and the Marin Women’s Division of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Francisco, Marin and the Peninsula. Since 1994 she has been a member of the Marin Rose Society, once winning the Queen of the Show trophy. She is the creator of several publications and newsletters, and is an active painter and sculptor.
William (Bill) Buckingham
Bill joined the Marin Art and Garden Center Board of Trustees in 2016. He is a retired Vice President of Goldman Sachs where he worked in a variety of Fixed Income roles for 23 years. Most recently Bill ran the Investment Grade Credit Sales Team in San Francisco.
Bill holds a BA in Economics from Stanford University and an MBA from the Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He was a four year member of the Stanford Sailing Team and was awarded Honorable Mention All-American status his senior year. He currently serves on the Real Estate Advisory Board for Mission Dolores Academy (a K-8 Catholic School serving San Francisco’s Mission District). Bill also served on the board of the St. Francis Foundation (affiliated with the St. Francis Hospital).
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 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.
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.