Drawdown: Marin Document Library

Community Development Agency


Nonprofit Working Group

We Need Your Input!

Drawdown: Marin is becoming a nonprofit organization. This new nonprofit will partner with the County to effectively implement the Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan.

We’ve formed a working group made up of Drawdown: Marin Executive Steering Committee members and a member of our Equity Task Force. They will assist County Staff to develop necessary documents and those documents will be posted for public review. See below for important milestones and opportunities to engage in our process!

We are currently seeking public input on our Board Member Selection Criteria.

Key Milestones

  • Begin legal formation of nonprofit and launch working group
  • Seek community input on Board Member Selection Criteria and Vision and Values
  • Seek Board of Supervisors approval to form nonprofit, allocate additional County staff time for support, and fund the nonprofit and implementation of the Strategic Plan
  • Community Board Member Recruitment: Call for applicants! Key Responsibilities and Board Member Application posted online
  • Select 9 community members to serve as Board members; begin recruitment for 8 remaining Board Members (Agency/Local Government/Elected Officials)
  • Select 8 remaining Board Members
  • Finalize legal formation of nonprofit with Federal and State governments
  • Hold first Drawdown: Marin Board Meeting

Board of Directors

We are in the process of recruiting new Board Members to sit on the first Board of Directors. The Board will be made up of 17 individuals representing the Marin County community.

Who are the Board Members?

We are starting with the community and will select 9 community members. After they are selected, we will recruit 8 additional members from various local agencies, organizations, and local governments.

How will we select Board Members?

The working group developed draft selection criteria. The criteria was developed after review of similar criteria from a variety of Bay Area and U.S. nonprofits. The working group and County Staff will evaluate all applications received using this criteria.

Persons interested in serving on the Board of Directors should review the selection criteria, key responsibilities, vision and values, and bylaws before applying.

Documents for Review and/or Input

  • Board Member Selection Criteria (draft)
    Share your thoughts on the selection criteria we will use when selecting the new Drawdown: Marin Board of Directors. Review the Draft Selection Criteria and submit your comments to Drawdown: Marin. If you have accessibility needs, please contact us by email.

  • Board Member Application (coming soon)
  • Board Member Key Responsibilities (coming soon)
  • Drawdown: Marin Vision and Values (coming soon)
  • Drawdown: Marin Bylaws (coming soon)

Legal Formation

Drawdown: Marin is working with independent legal counsel to form the nonprofit.


Drawdown: Marin (County Staff) will seek initial seek funding (amount to be determined) from the Marin County Board of Supervisors in Spring 2021. Drawdown: Marin continues to seek grants and other funding sources to support implementation of the Drawdown: Marin solutions, equity initiatives, and community engagement around climate change and implementation of the solutions.


Contact Drawdown: Marin.


Strategic Plan

The Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan summarizes all 29 solutions, necessary equity work and initiatives, community empowerment and engagement priorities, and governance and funding frameworks and needs for 2021-2030. The Marin County Board of Supervisors received and endorsed the Strategic Plan on December 8, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the Strategic Plan, please contact Alex Porteshawver.

Drawdown: Marin Strategic Plan
Appendix A - What is Drawdown: Marin?
Appendix B - Equity in Practice
Appendix C - Year 1 Survey Results and Analysis
Appendix D - Drawdown: Marin Guiding Principles and Solutions Evaluation Criteria
Appendix E - Drawdown: Marin Solutions - Detailed Solutions Information and Comparison
Appendix F - Responses to Public Comments on the July 2020 Public Draft Strategic Plan

Events/Marketing Resources

Sponsorship Criteria
Partner Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

Background Reading Materials for All Groups

A New Book on the Climate Crisis Makes the Persuasive Case That We're Not Doomed (The Nation)
This Article Won't Change Your Mind (The Atlantic)
Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Collective Impact Workshop

TRIZ Exercise Handout
TRIZ Notes
About Collective Impact Handout
Workshop Photos

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training - May 2020

Session 1, 2, and 3 Materials, Homework, and Handouts

Academic Partnership/Research

Berkeley Law, University of California, Project Climate, Sadie Frank, Drawdown Marin: Governance Challenges and Opportunities

Executive Steering Committee

Executive Steering Committee


Community Outreach Partnership

Community Outreach Partnership


Stakeholder Collaboratives

Stakeholder Collaboratives

Equity Task Force

Equity Task Force

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Training - May 2020