Laine served as County of Marin’s Public Information Officer starting in 2016 and became Director of Communications in early 2023. As PIO, she is responsible for leading and strengthening internal and external countywide communications and enhancing public outreach. Her specialty focus is in outreach strategy, crisis communications and digital media. Laine studied Mass Communication and Journalism at California State University, Fresno. She has more than a decade of experience in public relations, supporting nonprofit and not-for-profit organizations focused on social service, health care, and environmental causes. Most recently, she served for seven years as Public Relations Director for The Salvation Army, Golden State Division. Laine has lived in the Bay Area since 2009 and is an active member of Rotary International. What spare moments are not devoted to volunteering with Rotary are spent snowboarding, skiing, and sampling the cuisine of the North Bay. In a past life, Laine was a nationally ranked equestrian athlete for Fresno State, earning top-five finishes at both the NCAA and Intercollegiate Horse Show Association championships. Follow Laine on Twitter.
Brent Ainsworth, Public Information Specialist
Brent joined the County of Marin in 2013 after a 24-year career in local journalism. As a Public Information Specialist, he is charged with improving all forms of public information on behalf of the County such as news releases, social media, video public service announcements, photography, media relations and employee media training. He started his career on the San Jose Mercury News sports staff during his final two years of journalism studies at San Jose State University. He served in sports and news roles at the Santa Cruz Sentinel for nine years, followed by 13 years in various reporting and editing positions at the Marin Independent Journal. Just prior to joining the County of Marin, he covered Novato for Patch.com for 2.5 years. A resident of Marin since 1997, he has volunteered for many civic events and organizations such as the Novato Festival of Art, Wine & Music, the Novato Fourth of July Parade, Novato’s City Birthday Party, and the Marin County United Veterans Council. His claim to fame is working on the equipment staff for the San Francisco 49ers in the mid-1980s.
Marimar Ochoa, Public Information Specialist
Marimar joined the County of Marin in early 2020 in search of a position that would grant her the ability to embrace her passion for community and communication. As the County’s first Bilingual-Public Information Specialist, she strengthens the County’s community connection in a way that focuses on equitable outreach. Prior to her arrival, she was a journalist with NBC Bay Area and Telemundo 48 television stations. Her experience in the newsroom as an assignment editor led her to obtain an Emmy Award in 2018. Marimar was raised in the East Bay, lived in San Jose for five years as she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Journalism at San Jose State, and later moved to Marin County. Her spare time is often spent in the outdoors. She is a life-long soccer player and continues to play in multiple adult leagues. In fact, her love for sports took her to the 2014 Brazil World Cup as well as Barcelona in 2016 to receive her master’s degree in sports journalism. Her newest athletic hobby is mountain biking, something the Marin community has taught her to love.
Angelina Martin, Public Information Specialist
Angelina, who joined the team in early 2023, has a well-rounded portfolio of public communications experience. She has taken the lead on the County’s social media platforms and is helping build a cohesive social media outreach and engagement program. Most recently, she supported Sonoma County Animal Services as a media specialist. Her tenure included the very harrowing North Bay Fires, during which her work helped bolster SCAS’s social media presence, helping to reunite over 250 animals with their families. She also has a finance background, giving her a balance of creative and analytical skills that are needed for successful social media campaigns. She was raised in the East Bay and graduated from California State Maritime Academy. She lives in Santa Rosa.