The Chamber Team
Chamber Staff, from left to right: Joanne Webster, President & CEO; Leonard Weingarten, Director of Business Development; Leslie Piper, Program Manager; Carolyn Bopp, Office Manager
President and CEO
Phone 415-454-4163 ext. 101
Born and raised in Massachusetts. Lived in California since 1985.
Joanne was appointed President and CEO and took office on May 1, 2014. Prior to her appointment, Joanne was the Director of Marketing and Community Promotion for three years. Since 2011 she has involved the Chamber is a wide variety of activities including Economic Vitality, Business Retention and Expansion, Education and Workforce Readiness, Member Support, Marketing and Communications, Social Media, Signature Events and Special Programs, Community Relations and Civic Engagement. Over the past two years, Joanne has helped the Chamber build meaningful and engaging partnerships with other business organizations including the Business Improvement District, the Marin Economic Forum, the City of San Rafael and the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau.
She has over 20 years experience in small business as the sole proprietor of Double Rainbow Cafe, San Rafael and 10 years experience in downtown business management as the former Director of the San Rafael Business Improvement District.
Joanne has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston College; majoring in math and computer science. Joanne worked as a software programmer for Design Options in Boston, MA before moving to California in 1985 to open her first small business. She worked for Double Rainbow Gourmet Inc. as Franchise Marketing Director from 1989-1990.
Joanne is a current member of the Western Association of Commerce Executives, past President of the Marin Forum, former Executive Director of the Downtown Business Improvement District and current Board member Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a graduate of the San Rafael Leadership Institute and is a past Board member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for the City of San Rafael. For over 20 years Joanne has been an active member of the San Rafael and Marin business community, winning Small Business of the Year and the Spirit of Marin Award in 1998 and 2008.
Joanne lives in Fairfax with her husband Charlie Garfink and they have two daughters; Anna and Meghan. She enjoys hiking, mountain biking and yoga.
Director of Business Development
Phone 415-454-4163 ext. 108
Leonard Weingarten has a rich track record in developing, marketing and managing successful business, nonprofit and civic partnerships, high profile events and economic and workforce development programs.
Prior to coming to the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce in 2010, Leonard was a Business Advisor with the Small Business Development Center, a national federally funded program that provides free and low cost services to current and future business owners. He directed various Marin and Sonoma Counties marketing activities and managed a two county youth entrepreneurial program that exceeded its goal by more than 700%.
At Enterprise for High School Students, a San Francisco youth employment nonprofit, Leonard created a new department spearheading the agency's partnerships with the business sector. During his six year tenure, Enterprise was nationally honored by the United States Department of Labor.
Earlier in his career, some of his sports and entertainment achievements included managing marketing and public relations projects for two Summer Olympic Games, working with the Oakland Raiders and on fund raisers featuring Ray Charles. Leonard also designed a sports marketing/event management course which he taught at U.C. Berkeley for five years to an international audience.
Leonard has a B.A. from California State University, Chico and an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco. A graduate of the San Rafael Leadership Institute and Leadership San Francisco, Leonard is involved with the Marin Economic Forum and serves on the Advisory Council for the Barowsky School of Business at Dominican University of California, Renaissance Center Marin and Working Solutions.
Marketing and Program Manager
Phone 415-454-4163 ext. 104
Emily is from Albany, New York and relocated to the Bay Area in 2011. She was hired by the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce as Administrative Assistant in 2011 and became the Chamber's Marketing and Program Manager in May 2014. Emily is proud to be involved in many valuable Chamber projects, including: planning Chamber mixers and ribbon cuttings, promoting the Chamber through an effective marketing strategy, designing digital and print advertisements and collateral, creating Chamber E-Vents and E-Brief newsletters and other communications and serving as staff liaison to the Education Committee. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute (the class of 2014), and recently graduated from WACE Academy.
Emily has previously worked at a language translation company and for two New York State agencies. She received a Bachelor's Degree in History from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Emily lives in San Francisco with her husband Shawn and enjoys travel and hiking.
Account Executive and Special Projects Coordinator
Phone 415-454-4163 ext. 103
Leslie joined the San Rafael Chamber team in December 2016 to work on business development and special projects – one of which is making sure the Chamber’s Leadership Institute runs smoothly. Over the years, she’s volunteered with a variety of organizations in the community including HeadsUp, Huckleberry Youth Programs and San Rafael City Schools. Her passion for the community made coming to work for the San Rafael Chamber a no brainer.
Leslie brings 20 years of experience in b2b sales, advertising and marketing to her new role. As a native of Iowa, she moved to California in 1985, but is a Midwesterner at heart and always strives to find the silver lining in even the most difficult situations. Leslie is a graduate of California State University Fullerton’s Communication program and enjoys helping people make connections in the community.
Leslie lives in San Rafael with her husband and two children. She enjoys cooking, hiking, yoga and a good belly laugh.
Phone 415-454-4163 ext. 102
Carolyn started in February 2018 at the Chamber of Commerce as Office Manager and Membership Administrator. Originally from Munich, Carolyn came to San Francisco in 1993 where she worked in the advertising industry as a strategic planner. In 2000, she made the move into market research and relocated to Marin County. She worked as a focus group moderator until 2003. Starting in 2013, she worked in membership at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin.
Carolyn has an MA in Communication Science from Ludwig Maximilian’s university in Munich. She lives in Terra Linda with her daughter and Penny, her dachshund.
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