The California Study, Inc.

The California Study, Inc., was founded by volunteer Executive Director, Marilyn Nemzer, in 1975 to provide educational resources to families, schools and non-profits. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID #94-2860620). We began as The Study, a private tutoring service for students of all ages throughout the SF Bay Area. The Study closed after 15 years of giving outstanding service to its clients, as our organization moved on to other exciting new projects and programs.

All projects are directed by Marilyn Nemzer, unless otherwise noted. Here is our current line-up:

Energy Education Group

Global Book Exchange

School Success Counseling


The Founder and Executive Director of The California Study, Inc. is Marilyn Nemzer. See more about her below. Marilyn founded The California Study, Inc., in 1975 to provide educational resources to families, schools and non-profits. We are a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID #94-2860620). We began as a S.F. Bay Area tutoring service for junior high and high school students. Over the years we added exciting new projects and programs, as described on this website.

Please see each project of The California Study for more information about staff.

Board of Directors
Marilyn Nemzer, President, Tiburon, CA
Ann Gigounas, Tiburon, CA
Joan Lisetor, Sausalito, CA
Ken Nemzer, Secty. – Treas., Tiburon, CA
Laura Sardis, Corte Madera, CA

About Executive Director Marilyn Nemzer

Marilyn Nemzer lives in Tiburon (Marin County), California, with her husband, attorney Ken Nemzer. The Nemzers have three children, Louis “Lex”, Jordan “Joe” and Nicole “Nikki”. All three attended and graduated from Marin County public schools.

Professional Affiliations

Member, Marin County Board of Education, now serving fourth term

California Environmental Education Foundation

California School Boards Association

Association of California School Administrators

American School Counselor Association

Rotary International

National Science Teachers Association

North American Environmental Educators Association

Geothermal Resources Council: Board of Directors, since 1993

International Geothermal Association


Web Pages

Energy Education Group:

Geothermal Education Office:

Global Book Exchange:;

School Success Counseling:

The California Study:

Selected Multi-Media

Introduction to Geothermal Energy. Slide Set: of text, graphics and photos. 1999. See on GEO website. Geothermal Energy: A Renewable Option. Video, gr. 6 – adult. Director and co-author of script.1998A Down to Earth Adventure. Video, gr. 3 – 5. Producer, co-author. 1993.

Selected Printed Materials

Energy for Keeps: Creating Clean Electricity from Renewable Resources, “for everyone who uses electricity.” Editor and Project manager. Published 2003.Geothermal Energy. Article for Microsoft Encarta CD-ROM Encyclopedia 2000. Co-author.Geothermal Energy. Elementary and middle school curriculum, co-author. 1995.A Global View of Geothermal Energy. Geothermal statistical map; designer and co-author, 1993 & updates. Activity supplement for Project WET (unpublished), in collaboration with The Watercourse (Univ. of Montana) and the Idaho Water Resources and Research Institute (Univ. of Idaho). Editor. In progress. Other publications in progress.


Lowell High School, San Francisco

BA Comparative Literature,University of California, Berkeley (includes 1 year, University of Bordeaux, France)

MA French, San Francisco State CollegeJr. College & Secondary Teaching, life credentials,

San Francisco State College Pupil Personnel (counseling), life credential,
University of San FranciscoElementary Teaching, life credential,
University of San Francisco

Supervision Instructional Programs & Principalship, life credential, University of San Francisco.

Recognition & Awards

Education and Community Service Related

Jefferson Award for Public Service, 2009

Point of Light Celebration honoree, recognition as one of 25 top volunteers in S.F. Bay Area, 2005

Tiburon-Belvedere Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce, recognition for community service, 1996

Marin County Commission on the Status of Women, commendation, 1996

Marin County Office of Education, Marin County School Boards Ass’n., Golden Bell Award, 1994

Marin County Volunteer of the Year, 1988

Environment Related (solid waste recycling)

Award of Excellence from the Marin Economic Commission for The Book Exchange, for “contributions to a vibrant and sustainable economy.” 2004

Marin Community Foundation, Earth Day Every Day award, for the Global Book Exchange, 1996

National Environmental Awards Council (Renew America), for the Global Book Exchange, 1990

Environmental Protection Agency, Region IX,commendation, for the Global Book Exchange, 1990

Renewable Energy Related

National Green Power Leadership Award, 2006. Sponsored by U.S. EPA, U.S. Dep’t. of Energy, and Center for Resource SolutionsInterstate Renewable Energy Council, Innovation Award for Energy for Keeps, 2004

Geothermal Energy Association, Most Informative Award, Exhibit Booth, Geothermal Resources Council Annual Meeting, San Francisco, 2000

Nat’l. Science Resources Center (of Smithsonian Inst. and Nat’l. Academy of Science) Recommendation of geothermal curriculum co-authored by Ms. Nemzer. 1996

Geothermal Resources Council Special Achievement Award., for public education efforts, 1993

Work Experience Outside of Formal School Setting

Trustee, Marin County Office of Education; currently serving fourth elected term. (Preceded by 17 years’ service on Marin County Committee on School District Organization.)

Executive Director, The California Study, Inc., a nonprofit organization, (see Created and administered the following programs and still direct (part-time, most volunteer) those that are ongoing, as noted below. In all of these I have overseen the organizational and administrative work; provided counseling and trouble-shooting with students, parents and staff; arranged for fundraising, and community and school outreach; trained volunteers of all ages. Through these programs I have stayed involved with teachers, students and parents from both the private and public school communities and have acquired experience that will contribute strength to any public, parochial or private school program.

The Global Book Exchange.  Environmental project that helps schools by finding second homes locally and globally for no-longer-needed textbooks. See Ongoing.

School Success Counseling. Student and parent school-related private counseling. Ongoing.

The Teachers’ Registry. Substitute teacher placement service for private and parochial schools; operated for 10 years.

The Study. Private tutoring service. As Director, I spent many hours talking with concerned parents and provided counseling and guidance for situation-appropriate solutions. Operated for 16 years.

 While administering the above programs, I have also been a leader in renewable energy education, co-authoring and publishing public information and curriculum for students in grades 2 – 12 in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission. Many of our publications have won national recognition, including awards from the U.S. EPA, the Smithsonian, and National Science Teachers Association. See and

In-School Work Experience

•  Substitute Teacher, Stuart Hall School for Boys & St. Hilary’s.

•  GATE Consultant, Coordinator, Peer Tutoring Program, Terra Linda High School, San Rafael City

Schools. A one-year position. Organized, administered and set up for sustainability an in-school tutoring program. Designed and implemented all student tutor-training and related counseling.

• Tutoring Program Consultant, Marin Education Foundation.  A one-year position. Researched all tutoring programs and academic support options available in Marin’s public high schools.

• Counselor, Bayside Middle School, grades 6-8, San Mateo City School District; seven years. Personal problems counseling; group and individual counseling; peer/bullying counseling; scheduling and programming for 350 students; community outreach/parent meetings; liaison with local high schools; teacher support; liaison between special education classes and other school activities; administrative support; general trouble-shooting; development and administration of inter-school tutoring and student aide programs (middle school students as aides to K-5 classes) during regular school year and as summer school program for entire district.

• Attendance Supervisor (long-term substitute, six months), Washington High School, San Francisco Unified School District.   Counseled truant students and their parents; home visits.

• Counselor (internship) Fremont Elementary School (now closed), grades K-5, SFUSD

• Teacher  (French and English) and Counselor, St. John’s Ursuline High School (closed), San Francisco. Founded the school’s counseling program and counseled students before and after school during my four years of teaching here.

• Student Teacher (French), Galileo High School, SFUSD

• Teaching Assistant (French), San Francisco State College