We are very pleased to introduce to the community the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force.
Naima Dean, Chair
Longtime resident of Mill Valley, graduate of Tamalpais High School and San Francisco Public Librarian/Branch Manager. Professionally and personally committed to celebrating cultural, ethnic and racial diversity, utilizing community engagement, creative collaboration, open communication and "space" as a vehicle to obtain access and achieve equity for all.
Elspeth Mathau, Co-Chair
Elspeth was born and raised in Mill Valley. Her family immigrated to the US and have been here since the seventies. She is a Biologist doing environmental conservation work. And she has experience in diversity and equity education work in California and the UK, and food justice in Toronto. Elspeth has also worked with indigenous communities in Morocco through her academic research.
Megan Acio has been the business owner of WIGT Printing in Mill Valley for 6+ years. She has been a resident of Marin since 2004 and is passionate in her belief that a diverse community is a rich community.
Amber Allen-Peirson is a black-biracial woman who has lived in Mill Valley for 20 years. She is a clear communicator. Her focus is healing and empowering black and brown youth in Marin County. Amber currently works at Tamalpais High School in the Wellness Center.
Mill Valley has been home to my family for the past 26 years. During that time I volunteered at Tam Valley Elementary and Tam High, but for most of the workweek I was a Professor of Psychology and later Dean of Faculty Affairs at SF State University. I am most grateful for all that my wise and generous colleagues at SF State taught me about inclusion and equity and I hope to bring those experiences to the DEI Taskforce.
I believe that values of equity and inclusion must be a central tenet in a healthy community. Like all of us, my identity has many facets. Among them: I am a lawyer and business woman; a Venezuelan native and immigrant; a daughter, wife, mother and friend. I look forward to working on this task force.
I look forward to continuing my community service work for human rights, empowerment, and justice, which began more than two decades ago and has included work with Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity, the Marin Telehealth Equity Task Force, Bridge the Gap, Project Read, and the Outdoor Art Club's Outreach Committee.
I'm a community architect with a long perspective. Mill Valley was more diverse and free; everyone could live artfully with nature. As a generalist, I design peace through making place... elegant commons.
A passion for social justice has driven my career as a criminal defense attorney and my decades of local nonprofit and community leadership. This moment of racial awakening presents a unique opportunity—and an obligation—to transform the systems that reflect and sustain our nation’s racist legacy. I am honored to join in building a diverse and equitable future in my hometown.
As co-founder, co-lead of Mill Valley Community Action Network, I have been a passionate advocate for racial/social justice in Mill Valley. I am honored to be a part of change in Mill Valley, to forge a new way devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion.
As the builder of Perspectives: Past, Present, Future (the Doors in the Downtown Depot Plaza), I find myself deeply committed to anti racism work in Mill Valley and Southern Marin. I have lived and worked in Mill Valley for most of the past 25 years, raising two children that went to Tam High School.
Halicue Gambrell Hanna
I'm Halicue Gambrell Hanna. My husband Josh and I have two beautiful daughters, Halle and Reese. Both girls went to Old Mill School and are avid athletes. I'm a domestic violence, sexual assault and reproductive health crisis counselor and advocate with over twenty years experience designing and delivering programs for this community. I'm a working group member and blogger for HeartoftheVillage.org, a Board member of Next Steps Liaison project and am an active DEI committee member for both Marin Country Day School and Marin Academy. When I'm not busy blogging or being a sports mom, I study Afro-Cuban and Brazilian dance.
Running Grass is an activist-scholar focusing on multicultural education and environmental learning. He has lived in Marin for more than 20 years and has recently retired from the U.S. EPA. He consults with a variety of organizations and communities on issues of equity and inclusion focusing on the environmental, public and business sectors.
Having been fortunate enough to have been raised in both California and Costa Rica, I believe racial and ethnic diversity creates richer and more open-minded communities. I believe in embracing our differences and enriching our lives as well as others through community involvement.
I am Hilary Collins Heaven third generation Mill Valley resident . My grandparents Dr. Dan and DeReath Collins were one of the first Black families to integrate this town in the 1950’s ! I am the oldest grandchild and take pride in continuing the legacy of my family. I am married and have two daughters.
Raised in Mill Valley from the time I was 7 years old. I am a single mom raising my two daughters here now. I am an advocate for our special needs community. I stand for racial equality and racial justice. I believe diversity should be a part of every community.
I am the Artistic Director of Marin Theatre Company and a nine-year resident of Mill Valley. My wife and I have 2 sons who both attend Park School. I’m honored to serve on the Task Force as we work to dismantle systemic racism in both Marin Theatre and Mill Valley.
I am a black woman and 12 year resident of Mill Valley. I have four biracial black children. I am a chemist by profession but my passion is in social justice. Throughout my life I have enjoyed working with people from diverse backgrounds to achieve common goals.
Kerry is a 38 year resident of Mill Valley and Bay Area Born and Bred. He attended University of California and graduated from Howard University. Since moving to Marin, Kerry has become increasingly active in social justice issues. Kerry has served on the county Affirmative Action Advisory Committee, twice been chair of the Marin County Human Rights Commission. Also served as Trustee on the Marin Community Foundation Board as "Representative of the Poor and Needy." Kerry is a lso a founding member if Marin Action Coalition for equity (ACE).
We also welcome Denmo Ibrahim & Frank Leidman to the DEI Task Force.
Learn more: www.cityofmillvalley.org/dei