By Godfrey Lee
Barbara Clifton Zarate has been appointed by the Marin County Board of Supervisors to serve on the Board of Trustees on the Marin County Foundation, representing the interests the low-income residents.
As part of the nine-member board for the next four years, she will be involved in making decisions on funding for non-profit organizations that submit proposals to the Marin Community Foundation.
The board oversees more than 120 charitable trusts with a total current asset value of $1.1 billion, including the distribution of the Leonard and Beryl H. Buck Trust. The board’s responsibilities also include grant making, community outreach and assistance, fund development and investments.
Zarate currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Marin Child Care Council and works as a program officer for First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission.
She grew up in poverty and became a mother when she was a teenager. She had to raise her children on very little money, struggling to obtain a college education. Through this life experience, she is able to understand what it is like for others to struggle out of poverty and create a better life for themselves.
As a newly elected board member of the Marin County Foundation, Zarate believes that there must be more opportunities for communication, for the voices of members of the community to be heard.