About Marilyn

About Executive Director Marilyn Nemzer

Marilyn lives in Tiburon (Marin County), California, with her husband, attorney Ken Nemzer.  She is very active in her community and is past president of the Rotary Club of Tiburon Sunset. (She has been a proud Rotarian since 1993). Marilyn is now serving her 17th year as a trustee on the Marin County Board of Education and has a long history of interest and work in education and counseling. Below you’ll see the many awards and recognition she has won for the thousands of hours she has given over the years to better the lives and opportunities of children at home and around the world. Marilyn and Ken are the proud parents of Louis “Lex” (Boston, MA), Jordan “Joe” (Fairfax, CA) and Nicole “Nikki” (Burbank, CA).

Marilyn’s Education Activities

Trustee, Marin County Office of Education. Marilyn was elected to the Marin County Board of Education in 2001 and is currently serving her fourth elected term. Before joining the County board, she served for 17 years (from 1983-2001) on the Marin County Committee on School District Organization.

Executive Director, The California Study, Inc., a nonprofit organization that Marilyn founded in 1987.  Through the several present and past divisions/programs of this organization she has administered and directed the activities; provided counseling and trouble-shooting with students, parents and school folks; arranged for fundraising and community and school outreach; and trained volunteers of all ages. Through these programs she has stayed involved with teachers, students and parents from both the private and public school communities and has acquired experience that would contribute strength to any public or private school program. With few exceptions, Marilyn’s work is, at this time, mostly as a volunteer.

The following divisions of The California Study, Inc. are still active and still run by Marilyn:

The Global Book Exchange.  Finds second homes locally and globally for lightly used children’s reading and textbooks.

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

Energy Education Group. Energy education project that helps people understand where our electricity comes from and how energy choices affect our lives, our environment, and future generations.  In addition to her local education activities, Marilyn has been 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 her group’s publications have won national recognition, including awards from the U.S. EPA, the Smithsonian, and National Science Teachers Association. See below. See also her affiliate nonprofit, the Geothermal Education Office

The following divisions of The California Study, Inc. are currently inactive but were founded and run by Marilyn for many years beginning in 1976:

The Study. Private tutoring service. As Director, Marilyn spent many hours talking with concerned parents and provided counseling and guidance for situation-appropriate solutions. Operated for 16 years throughout the S.F. Bay Area.

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

In addition to – and mostly (but not all) preceding – the above, Marilyn has had many years of  work experience within the more formal school setting:

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

•  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 (SFUSD).   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 (now closed), San Francisco. Founded the school’s counseling program and counseled students before and after school during her four years of teaching here.

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

• Teaching Assistant (French), San Francisco State College

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

North American Environmental Educators Association

Geothermal Resources Council: Board of Directors, 1993 – 2013

International Geothermal Association


Web Pages:

Energy Education Group:  www.energyforkeeps.org

Geothermal Education Office:  www.geothermaleducation.org

Global Book Exchange:  www.bookexchangemarin.org; www.facebook.com/globalbookexchange

School Success Counseling:  www.schoolsuccesscounseling.com

The California Study:  www.thecaliforniastudy.org/

 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 (latest edition c. 2010).

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. Many other publications.


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,

Credentials earned from San Francisco State College & University of San Francisco:  High School teaching, Elementary teaching, Pupil Personnel (counseling). Supervision Instructional Programs & Principalship.

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