The Chamber Team
Chamber Staff, from left to right: Joanne Webster, President & CEO; Kim Lofrano, Office Manager; Leslie Piper, Business Development Executive and Special Programs Coordinator; Emily Maloney, Marketing & Program Manager; Leonard Weingarten, Director of Business Development
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 American Chamber of Commerce Executives, Western Association of Commerce Executives, the San Rafael Downtown Streets Team Business Advisory Council and the membership chair of the Marin Forum. She is a graduate of the San Rafael Leadership Institute 2011-2012 and served as a Board member of the Marin Convention & Visitors Bureau from 2006-2009 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, serving as staff liaison to the Education Committee, and coordinating our wonderful San Rafael Leadership Institute. She is a graduate of the Leadership Institute herself (the class of 2014), and recently completed the first year of 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 fiancé Shawn and enjoys great food, 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
Kim Lofrano, our Office Manager hired January of 2016, has called San Rafael home for the last 36 years, and as a result is an extremely proud member of its community. Her last three jobs have supported San Rafael’s economy, which in turn, has supported her dream of making a difference in her home town. Kim’s enthusiasm for supporting San Rafael through her work has truly influenced her desire to work for the Chamber of Commerce.
Prior to coming to the Chamber, Kim worked for the San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club, a Leader’s Circle Silver member, as Community Relations Coordinator. She worked closely with the people of San Rafael through their Host Family Program, baseball clinics for underprivileged youth in the Canal, the sponsorship program with local businesses, and attended public appearances with players at schools, libraries, fairs and festivals. Through the connections she made in San Rafael, Kim found her calling of wanting to promote the greatness and continued vitality of her town. Therefore, it seemed only natural that she would take a job with the Chamber, who supports the economic growth of the City through its membership & promotion of its members’ businesses. She hopes to participate in the Leadership Program in the future.
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Membership Retention Specialist
Phone: 818 416-6078
Tinalyn was born in Brooklyn, New York and raised in Woodland Hills, California.
Tinalyn has 25+ years of professional Chamber experience in all facets of operations and administrative management, with strong membership building, community involvement and retention skills, as well as sponsorship programs. Tinalyn is a graduate from the US Chamber Institute of Organizational Management and has vast experience in membership Sales. Tina has won national membership sales awards from NAMD.
She spends time with her nieces, nephews, brothers, father and friends. Tina loves to cook, have family and friends over, golf, wine taste, work out and play with her kittens.