Shirin Vakharia, Marin Community Foundation

TITLE: Program Director

FUNDING AREAS: Health and Aging

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PROFILE: Ms. Vakharia shared the following bio:

Shirin Vakharia current serves as a program director for Health and Aging at the Marin
Community Foundation in Novato, California. In this role she oversees a $2.7 million portfolio
and is responsible for grantmaking strategy for four initiatives.

Prior to joining the foundation, Ms. Vakharia worked for Napa County Health and Human
Services Agency as the Prevention Coordinator. In this role she planned and oversaw county
and provider operated substance abuse prevention, tobacco control, HIV and mental health
programs.

She has a Masters of Arts in Community Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from
the University of Cincinnati.

Thomas Peters, Marin Community Foundation

TITLE: President and CEO

FUNDING AREAS: Education, affordable housing, poverty, health

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PROFILE: Thomas Peters serves as the president and CEO of the Marin Community Foundation, where his official bio shares:

Combining his clinical and philanthropic careers, Dr. Peters is in his twentieth year as MCF’s President & CEO. Heading one of the largest community foundations in the country, he is a leading national voice for community philanthropy, advocating and facilitating the dedication of private resources for the public good. During these years, he has served in state and national leadership positions in the field, and written on a broad range of issues. Prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Peters had a 24-year career as a county public health official. He served in the San Francisco Department of Public Health from 1974-1990, including eight years as Chief of Staff, and was Director of the Marin County Health & Human Services Department from 1991-1998. He received his doctorate from the University of Minnesota, and for three years was a Fellow of the National Institutes of Health.

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