• Ambassador Committee

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    Get to Know Our Ambassadors


  • Mark Cooper

    Leasing and Investment Sales/Commercial Real Estate
    HL Commercial Real Estate

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  • Professional Experience:

    For the past seven years Mark has closed over 50 transactions annually. He is a third generation real estate investor. His grandmother, Ava, was a general contractor in Los Angeles. In the 1950s, she bought buildings where the land in the path of freeways was taken by eminent domain, then moved the structures to vacant lots she purchased. 

    Mark started his real estate career leasing Multi-Family and Industrial properties in Marin and Sonoma Counties. He then worked as an associate with Bradley Commercial in San Rafael and KW Commercial in Oakland.

    Mark sets himself apart from other agents with his marketing by leveraging social media (Yelp, Facebook and Craigslist), and saves time with digital document signatures and cloud technologies. 

    Accomplishments/Community Service: 

    Mark is well known throughout the Bay Area for his continued involvement in various local Chambers of Commerce and community networking groups and organizations. Mark’s prior career was in Commercial Photography for Architecture, Annual Reports, Packaging, Billboards and Magazine Advertising.

    Where are you from and what brought you to Marin: 

    Mark and his family have owned the same home in Tiburon since 1975. When Mark isnt riding his road bike he is is hiking Mt. Tam or Ring Mtn.

    Personal Info:

    Mark is a backcountry snowboarder. With his beacon, probe and shovel he explores South Lake Tahoe over fifty days a year.  

    What Makes Marin Unique:

    Marin is a Peninsula, surrounded by water on three sides and bordered by Sonoma County on the north. The majority, over 55% is protected by Parks and Open space (more than any other Bay Area county). This makes for some of the best outdoor recreation.


  • Reed Nothwang

    Brouwer & Janachowski

    Wealth Management Advisor

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  • Experience: Reed has been working in financial services for over 6 years. He got his start working for a top advisor in Southern California during his college years. He started out working as a typical intern, but built up to working just about full time before branching out on his own. Reed is now in his 5th year of serving his clients. He loves to problem solve, which gets him excited about creating financial plans for his clients

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Reed is currently serving as the Chair of the Ambassador Committee for the San Rafael Chamber. He’s also involved as a board member with Rotacare in San Rafael.

    Where are you from and what brought you to Marin: My wife went to college in San Francisco. After graduation we decided to settle in the Bay Area, but weren’t sure where we’d end up. All it took was one drive from San Francisco to Novato to realize that we wanted to make Marin County our home.

    Personal Information: Reed and his wife live in Novato with their dog Tex. They recently became licensed Foster parents through Marin County. Reed enjoys outdoor activities, being involved in sports, and cooking.

    What makes Marin unique: What makes Marin unique is that we are centrally located and have access to places like San Francisco, Wine County, Silicon Valley, etc. Yet we still feel like we live off the beaten path from everywhere else.




  • Sean Murphy
    Guaranteed Rate
    511 Sir Francis Drake Blvd
    Greenbrae, CA 94904
    (415) 293-5482

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  • Title: VP of Mortgage Lending

    Professional Duties: Currently VP of Mortgage Lending at Guaranteed Rate.It is my goal to assist home buyers and homeowners with all their mortgage financing needs utilizing best in class products, programs and pricing to deliver the results these people require on a daily basis.  I am fortunate to be able to assist anyone looking at purchase or refinancing needs throughout the United States so if you have questions on purchasing, refinancing, Home Equity lines of credit – I look forward to an opportunity to be of further service!

    Professional Experience: Guaranteed Rate 2018 - Present

    Wells Fargo Home Mortgage - 9/2014 - 2018, RPM Mortgage – 3/2009 – 9/2014, Smart Home Loans – 7/2007 – 2/2009, Greenpoint Mortgage – 1/2004 – 6/2007

    Accomplishments/Community Service: San Rafael Chamber of Commerce – Ambassador of the Year 2013, SRCC – Chair of Ambassador Committee 2012 – 2013, Women’s Council of Realtors – Marin Chapter-Affiliate of the Year 2011, Women’s Council of Realtors – Treasurer 2012 and 2013

    Other Volunteer Activities:St. Anselm’s Parish CYO Board Member – 2010 – present, St. Anselm’s CYO Coach (Basketball and Volleyball), St. Anselm’s Church – Eucharistic Minister

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Ambassador Committee, Membership Development, Golf, Business Showcase

    Personal Information: Wife – Sharon, Kids – Colin and Erin. Native to Marin – Marin Catholic ’84 graduate, Santa Clara University ‘88


  • Katharine Whipple

    Public Relations Chairperson

    San Rafael Elks Lodge 1108

    1312 Mission Ave, San Rafael CA 94901

    (415) 532-9196

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  • Title: Public Relations Chairperson

    Professional Duties: For the past 4+ years, I’ve represented the San Rafael Elks Lodge #1108 at the SR Chamber as their Public Relations Chairperson. 

    Professional Experience: I’ve had an extensive and varied career and experience in Marketing, Sales and Business Development and have lived overseas in Paris, France for 12+ years. Currently I am working as a freelance Marketing and Business Development Consultant offering services in Marketing Communications & Strategy, Business Development, Content Writing & Development, Marketing Research, Fund Raising, Lead Generation & PR for growing companies and nonprofits. 

    Accomplishments/Community Service: 

    The SR Elks are a dynamic community based non-profit fraternal organization, that are a part of the National Benevolent Protective Order of Elks.  The San Rafael Elks Lodge has over 500 members and is in the beautiful Boyd Mansion on Mission Ave., next to the Falkirk Mansion, and is the site of many community fundraisers, benefit concerts, Scholarship Awards, Drug Awareness meetings & outreach as well as fun social events and a great wedding venue.  My role there has been to do media and community outreach, be an event photographer, and place items in the Marin IJ Social Scene and other media, including TV coverage, as well as the Elks National and Regional Magazines. This PR has helped the Lodge to increase membership and event attendance, as well as awareness in the Marin community.

    The Covid 19 shutdown has been especially challenging for Elks as with many local businesses and nonprofits.  During this period, we have remained active in community outreach with the Elks Kitchen Cares project, where Elk volunteers have been cooking up delicious and nutritious to-go lunches in our kitchen for the St. Vincent de Paul Society free dining room, which had to close normal operations due to Covid 19 restrictions.

    We are looking forward to re-opening our beautiful Lodge again as soon as possible for more activities and events, and welcome interest, participation, and new members!

    Other Volunteer Activities:

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Ambassador

    Personal Information:I’m from New York City via Connecticut, and have lived in the SF Bay Area since my early 20’s, except for 12+ years in Europe, mainly in Paris, where I had a start-up and learned to speak fluent French.  My ancestry is an American mix, English, French, Irish, German & Welsh.  I’m a University of San Francisco alum, with a major in Applied Economics, and have also completed Marketing, Digital Marketing & Social Media Marketing certificates at the SF State University College of Extended Learning.


  • Michael Cohen
    SVN Delta Group Commercial Real Estate
    7599 Redwood Blvd, Suite 214
    Novato, CA 94945
    (415) 717-9352


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  • Title: Commercial Real Estate Advisor

    Professional Duties: Michael serves as an associate advisor for SVN | Delta Group Realty Inc. in Novato, CA.  Michael specializes in local leasing representing both landlords and tenants.  He also represents clients in the purchasing and selling of commercial space throughout the country with transnational experience in multi-family, industrial and land. 

    Professional Experience: Prior to joining SVN, Michael spent 20 years in the Bay Area tech world helping clients navigate through large datasets in order to flesh out valuable business insight and analytics.  He has worked with many of the Bay Area key industries including banking, mortgage origination, biotech, and software design.  

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Michael is a member of both the San Rafael and Novato Chambers of Commerce.  In addition to that he has been a supporter and volunteer for Big Brothers/Big Sisters for nearly three decades. 

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): Ambassador Committee, RNG member

    Personal Information: Michael lives in Greenbrae with his wife Annie, who is a Marriage and Family Therapist and his two daughters, Ella, 20 who attends the University of Colorado at Boulder and Jessie, 18 who attends Chapman University in Los Angeles.  Michael enjoys playing music, mountain biking, yoga and reading.


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  • Mike Wolpert
    Social Jumpstart


  • Title: Video Coach / Co-Founder

    Professional Duties: Mike is a storyteller, marketing guy and photographer - a skill set that allows him to help his clients shine, online, and use video marketing to grow their businesses. 

    Professional Experience: Beginning in New York rock and roll radio in the 80’s, Mike’s 25 years of marketing experience includes radio, print, television and has included stints as newbie, top seller, manager, trainer giving him a keen insight of what kind of marketing works best for which kind of businesses seeking specific results.

    The most useful skill he’s developed over the years is the ability to discover and help craft a business story, capture it in a simple video and get it seen and shared online.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Mike has served on the Board of Directors of the Community Media Center of Marin since 2011 and produces an irregularly scheduled show about Marin Business and Politics. He hosted a cable television show about Social Media for Business that ran on Comcast in a dozen markets for 3 seasons and runs media training and video performance workshops for non-profits (and an online training academy for business). 

    Other Volunteer Activities:

    Chamber of Commerce Role: Ambassador Committees, RNG member

    Personal Information: He lives in Peacock Gap with his wife Vicki Randall, a corporate attorney, and their two dogs; Bree the Labradoodle and Little-Otter-Potter, the scrappy little rescue dog. 

     "I grew up in Brooklyn, in the 70’s and the San Francisco Bay has always held a legendary spot in my head and was always calling. After moving to San Francisco 15 years ago (first to work at Alice Radio / KCBS and then Monster .com) I still remember the first time I drove across the bridge and into the golden rolling hills of Marin, having lived in 4 states and a 7 cities, and I knew I had found home.”


  • John Schweitzer
    CFE Certified Financial Educator

    The Heartland Institute of Financial Education
    (415) 870-3566

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  • Title: Instructor and Financial Professional

    Professional Duties: Financial coach.

    Professional Experience: John is a passionate leader providing Financial Literacy and Implementation to employees and clientele for over a decade. As a Certified Financial Educator, John teaches classes live in the local community and virtually around the country. He is passionate about making a big difference through the financial planning courses that cover the practical everyday financial concerns of working adults with hands-on behavior enhancing exercises, factual explanations, and straight forward education. As an investment advisor and insurance professional he takes the education to the next level with proper planning and implementation. He is excited about sharing and implementing ideas and strategies to keep our community healthy and wealthy.

    Accomplishments/Community Service:

    John has a Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and has attained the CFEd® designation as a Certified Financial Educator from The Heartland Institute of Financial Education.

    Chamber of Commerce Role: John joined the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce’s Ambassador and Education Committees


  • Charles Helbig
    BB Communication




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  • Title:Owner

    Professional Duties:

    Professional Experience:Working in the print industry since the mid 80's in sales and marketing with businesses large and small of all kinds, food and beverage, hospitality, retail, sports and medical developing packaging such as food and beverage labels, folding cartons for retail and medical, postcards and sales flyers, large retail POS box wraps and signage.

    Accomplishments/Community Service:Awarded from the Printing Industries of America "Certificate of Merit" for the launch of the Crystal Geyser Water Company Light Seltzer Beverage Products. Served as member on the Board of Directors Pacific City Chamber of Commerce Oregon Central Coast.

    Other Volunteer Activities: Currently acting member of the Redwood High School Alumni Committee advising on planning and event coordination.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.):Currently serving as Ambassador for the San Rafael Chamber of Commerce for the last three years.

    Personal Information: Third generation San Franciscan moved to Marin in 1958 Greenbrae, oldest of four brothers.  Enjoy the the outdoors Marin has to offer especially the beach, like golf, skiing, wine tasting with friends, and part time bar tending and catering with Debbie Ghiringhelli Catering.


  • Richard de Ramon
    First Federal and Savings and Loans




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  • Title: Business and Community Development

    Professional Duties: Richard is employed by First Federal Savings of San Rafael, a 5-star Bauer rated banking institution developed in Marin.  His position targets both Business and Community Development. Richard sees business development and community development as opposite sides of the same coin. First Federal offers locally underwritten term loans and lines of credit for stabilized income properties.  They lend on multifamily properties with five or more units, selected mixed use and most commercial property types.

    Professional Experience: Prior local banking experiences includes Bank of Marin and Redwood Credit Union.  Richard first came to First Federal Savings of San Rafael in 2018 bringing with him over 30 years of financial services experience.

    Accomplishments/Community Service:Richard currently serves on the Marin Education Committee, the Marin YMCA Board, and the San Rafael Chamber Ambassadors. Richard also partners with large businesses in Marin offering financial education as well as providing appreciation events for First Responders.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.):Richard serves on the Ambassador and Education Committees.

    Personal Information:


  • Libby Wood

    Get Libby Now and
    Senior Settlers


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  • Title: Owner

    Professional Duties: Organizing, move management, downsizing, and math tutoring: algebra through calculus

    Professional Experience: Libby started Get Libby Now after retiring from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.  She started there as a software developer in 1979, and worked up to Vice President of Information Technology Services.

    Accomplishments/Community Service: Active member of the Marin Section on Aging and the Marin Covenant Church.

    Chamber of Commerce Role (Director, Committee work, etc.): San Rafael Chamber Board Chair, also on Ambassador Committee

    Personal Information: Originally from Mendocino County, Libby grew up in Bakersfield.  She received a degree in Mathematical Sciences from Stanford University in 1978.  Libby married husband Todd Annell in 1980 and together they have three grown children: Eric, Karen, and Kirsten.



    "I joined the San Rafael Chamber to get better connected with local business leaders, and to contribute to improving  the community where I live and do business.  It’s been almost 3 years now for me, and I couldn’t be happier with the results.  Naturally  I want my close business associates to join in this success, and the Member Referral Program has been a great incentive for me to call and invite them.  In addition to the $50 bonus we both receive, my candidate gets a great hands-on introduction from Chamber staff.  This ensures they understand and utilize the many benefits of Chamber membership, which helps make them a happy, long term contributing member of the Chamber.  Everybody wins!"

    - Bob Herbst, San Rafael Airport