From the Board President and CEO

Dear friends,

The 2023 fiscal year was one of triumphant milestones and extraordinary growth for Canal Alliance.

As we mark the halfway point on the implementation of our 2028 Vision, developed in 2018, we are delighted to reflect on this year and all that we have accomplished in service of these goals.

We commemorated our 40th anniversary, celebrating four decades of building pathways out of poverty for residents of the Canal and working for the success of Marin’s Latino community.

We purchased a new, permanent headquarters at 711 Grand Avenue in San Rafael. This new building, which is expansive and beautifully sunlit throughout, will foster wellness for our staff and serve as a welcoming community hub for residents, with flexible and spacious classrooms for growing programs, outdoor spaces to host markets and events and resilient energy features capable of supporting the safety of the community during natural disasters. Most importantly, the new headquarters is large enough for us to grow our programs and meet the demand for services within Marin’s Latino community, because Canal Alliance’s services continue to be essential.

Fueled by the pandemic and human migration due to poverty, violence and, increasingly, climate change, Canal Alliance staff have witnessed changing and increasing demands for services over the past year. It is with great pride—and even greater gratitude—that we report to you that in the 2023 fiscal year, we responded to these demands with agility, efficiency and ingenuity:

  • We continued to provide essential direct services, ensuring clients had necessary support for emergencies and basic needs.
  • Simultaneously, we expanded programs that support increased economic security through education, workforce development and entrepreneurship.
  • Beyond direct services, we launched novel community engagement efforts in collaboration with local and regional governments and other partners aimed at addressing systemic challenges—such as housing, climate change, transportation and neighborhood infrastructure improvements—that impede the success and safety of Canal residents.
  • We have invested tremendously in staff health and wellness, raising salaries, improving benefits, implementing a quarterly wellness day and increasing access to mental health support services. We have also embarked on a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) journey with a phenomenal consulting firm, working as a team to make sure Canal Alliance is a place of employment that feels inclusive and equitable for all employees, a place where we continue to learn and grow and evolve.

To support these accomplishments, and with your generosity, we secured a record $17.9 million to sustain our programmatic and operational growth.

Your investment made this tremendous year possible and created a stronger and more equitable Marin for everyone. Thank you for your partnership over these past 40 years.

Gina Claxton

President, Board of Directors

Omar Carrera

Chief Executive Officer

A snapshot of the impact you helped us to achieve

Purchase of New, Permanent

In November of 2022, with a $5 million contribution from long-standing donor Maja Kristin, Canal Alliance closed on the $6.94 million purchase of a new, permanent headquarters at 711 Grand Avenue in San Rafael.

This acquisition represents the culmination of our dream of acquiring a larger and more modern space, a space that will support staff wellness and strategic program growth and ensure organizational sustainability and permanency in the Latino community we serve.

The purchase of the headquarters property is key to achieving Canal Alliance’s 2028 Vision, which calls for us to be a leader and expert in helping Latino immigrants and their families to get on the pathway out of poverty, in building a healthy, sustainable and innovative organization with a physical space that supports its role in the community and in shifting perceptions and civic participation of the Latino community.

Announcing the Marin Climate Justice Collaborative

The Canal neighborhood of San Rafael is a highly segregated area in which as much as 72% of the population lives below the federal poverty line. Residents here are subject to numerous environmental health risks, historic underdevelopment and inadequate representation in local government. Mere feet above sea level, the Canal neighborhood is highly vulnerable to climate change, flooding and ultimately displacement.

Canal Alliance is leading a new initiative to address these challenges. The Marin Climate Justice Collaborative (MCJC), formed in the early summer of 2023, is a first-of-its-kind project in Marin, bringing together leaders from two of Marin County’s communities at most imminent risk of climate impacts in the Bay Area: unincorporated Marin City and the Canal neighborhood in San Rafael.

Canal Alliance will serve as the managing stakeholder for the MCJC collaborative and will partner with Marin City Climate Resilience and Health Justice as the lead agency in Marin City to facilitate community participation in the development of neighborhood-specific climate resiliency plans. These resiliency plans will engage community members in a critical way and prepare the Canal neighborhood and Canal Alliance to receive future infrastructure funds for infrastructure improvements and climate-adaptation projects that will improve and protect the Canal neighborhood for the people who live here.

Caterin’s Journey: How UP! Nurtured a Future Software Engineer

Caterin Duarte Reynosa is a recent graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), and of the Canal Alliance University Prep! (UP!) program. Caterin shines brightly as an example of the profound impact of student programs. From the day she enrolled with us in middle school to now embarking on a successful career as a software engineer with Target, Caterin’s journey illustrates the importance of the continuous support—both academic and personal—that UP! offers our students.

Joana Castro Simonini

Joana’s Journey: From Immigration Legal Services Client to Program Director

In the spring of 2023, we welcomed a new Director of Immigration Legal Services (ILS). Although Joana Castro Simonini was new to the role, she wasn’t new to the ILS department or to Canal Alliance. In fact, Joana first got acquainted with Canal Alliance as a client herself, back in 2000 when she came to us seeking support navigating her own immigration paperwork.

Having navigated the U.S. immigration process herself, Joana brings lived experience and humanity to her work for Canal Alliance. For her, clients aren’t just legal cases, they are human beings each with unique stories and individual needs.

Scaling Our Workforce Development Programs

While Latinos make up 18.8% of the Marin population, they represent 24.2% of workers in the public and private sectors and have the highest labor participation rates among all groups in the county. Despite being so central to the county’s future economic development, Latinos predominantly hold low-paying service jobs in industries.

Canal Alliance’s Workforce Development programs seek to change this reality, by equipping our clients with the training necessary to access living-wage jobs in Marin, jobs that afford them financial safety and security. Now offering five career pathways, our Workforce Development programs were bolstered by some key funding wins in the fiscal year 2023. One win in particular: this year Canal Alliance secured $524,161 in new funding for Workforce Development, a grant awarded by the Foundation for California Community Colleges on behalf of the California Workforce Development Board. This competitive funding has allowed Canal Alliance to continue to grow our Workforce Development programs, to the benefit of our clients, the Latino community at large and Marin County’s workforce.

Impact by the Numbers


wage increase
for Workforce Development graduates after one year on the job


in tax refunds
returned to the community

1,365 hours

of English language and digital literacy instruction provided by our Adult Education Team


residents were engaged by our PACE team to advocate on Canal neighborhood issues


individuals and families received services to improve their health, well-being and stability 


unaccompanied minors received legal consultation; legal representation initiated for 85 

1,638 hours

of academic tutoring
provided to UP! students


in scholarship assistance
provided to 44 college students

1,568 clients

received social and behavioral health services, and an average of 315 families accessed our food pantry each week


clients became U.S. citizens and 74 became legal permanent residents

Our Programs

  • Adult Education
  • Affordable Housing
  • Behavioral Health Services
  • Community Health Services
  • Immigration Legal Services
  • Policy and Civic Engagement
  • Social Services
  • Weekly Food Pantry
  • Workforce Development 
  • Youth Education

Canal Alliance’s work is possible thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors like you. Make a gift today and help us make Marin a place where everyone can live, learn, work and succeed.


July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023




*In FY23, $6.2M in revenue and $384K in expenses were associated with the acquisition and management of Canal Alliance’s new, permanent headquarters.


We are grateful to everyone who supports our mission and are pleased to recognize the following individuals, families and institutions for their giving at the leadership level.

Leadership Giving Circle

Angels $250,000+

  • California Strategic Growth Council
  • Foundation for California Community Colleges
  • Maja Kristin Fund
  • Marin Community Foundation
  • Marin County Health and Human Services
  • State of California Department of Social Services
  • The Doreen Miao Living Trust
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The San Francisco Foundation
  • Tipping Point Community
  • UnidosUS

Visionaries $100,000 – $249,999

  • Anonymous
  • California Public Utilities Commission
  • California State Coastal Conservancy
  • Cold Mountain Fund of RSF Social Finance
  • College of Marin
  • County of Marin
  • Dora Freedman Levit Fund for People
  • Ginnie and Peter Haas Jr.
  • Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • Juan and Lanya Zambrano
  • Mitchell and Susan Cohen
  • National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • Office of Community Partnerships and Strategic Communications
  • The Center at Sierra Health Foundation in partnership with the California Department of Social Services (CDSS)
  • The Funders Network
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Younger Family Fund

Ambassadors $50,000 – $99,999

  • Anonymous x 3
  • Bothin Foundation
  • Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs
  • Kelson Foundation
  • ReWork the Bay

Advisors $25,000 – $49,999

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous Fund of MCF
  • AHEAD Program Federal Home Loan Bank of San Francisco
  • Bainum Family Foundation
  • California Endowment
  • Feeding America
  • Hugh and Elizabeth Fullerton Full Circle Fund
  • Jill and Anthony Macri Family Trust
  • Leestma Family Foundation / Little Flower Fund
  • Morris Stulsaft Foundation
  • Nancy H. and James Kelso Fund
  • The Berkshire Foundation
  • The Kimball Foundation
  • United Way of the Bay Area
  • VWLackey & DonS Fund
  • William and Christney McGlashan Fund

Advocates $10,000 – $24,999

  • Anonymous x 7
  • Alexander M. and June L. Maisin Foundation, a supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund
  • Allan and Sydne Bortel
  • Amy Christensen and Drew Curby Fund
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Marin
  • Catherine Burke
  • Cool the Earth
  • Crescent Porter Hale Foundation
  • Dee M. and Richard H. Lawrence, Jr
  • Destino Fund
  • Edna Wardlaw Charitable Trust
  • Emerald Cities Collaborative
  • Ethel and Joseph Spatz Family Foundation
  • Federation Global Jewish Citizens Fund
  • George L. Shields Foundation
  • Girard Foundation
  • Hilltop Group Charitable Foundation
  • M.S. Grumbacher Foundation
  • Marin County Sheriff’s Office
  • Redwood Credit Union
  • Richard and Diana Shore
  • Richard K. Robbins
  • Rjp True North
  • Robert J. Reynolds
  • Rosenquist-Kropp Family Fund
  • Sarlo Charitable Fund
  • Steven Fox
  • Ted and Ashley Paff
  • The Barron Family Charitable Giving Account
  • The Brown Family Trust
  • The Kenan Family Foundation
  • Thomas A. Cohen and Kristi Denton Cohen
  • Vera and Kenneth Meislin
  • Wendy’s Wish Giving Fund
  • Zephyr Fund

Partners $5,000 – $9,999

  • Anonymous x 7
  • Aspen Insurance
  • Battaglia Family Charitable Fund
  • Becky Norquist
  • BioMarin Pharmaceutical Inc.
  • Brian and Paula Daniels
  • California Department of Public Health
  • Christopher Senn and Inge Hendromartono
  • City of San Rafael
  • Colleen and Robert D. Haas
  • Comcast
  • Dave Williams
  • David Becker and Ann Peckenpaugh Becker Philanthropic Fund
  • Diane and Dan Farthing
  • FThree Foundation
  • Fullerton Family Foundation
  • Gina and Al Claxton
  • Heffernan Foundation
  • Hershey Baer Fund
  • Ingrid B. Pelton
  • Jamie Stobie and Daniel Ben-Horin
  • Jane Sherman
  • Joan and Martin Lasden
  • Joyce and Robert Kleiner
  • Katherine Agnew
  • King Cahill Family Fund
  • Kjellson Family Fund
  • Kleid Family Charitable Fund
  • Koogle Foundation
  • Marin County
  • Melissa Grimm
  • Melissa Nelken and Ronald Lee
  • Michael Metzner
  • Moeller Foundation, Inc.
  • Nancy Schlegel
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Nightingale Fund
  • Paul Family Giving Fund
  • Purple Lady/Barbara J. Meislin Fund
  • Rossi Family Foundation
  • Sara Spero
  • Sarti Family Charitable Fund
  • Scoby Zook and Kristine Brown
  • Steven T. Gorski and Mary C. Walsh-Gorski
  • Susan and Dennis Gilardi
  • Taylor Lynn Foundation
  • The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
  • The Keep It Going Fund
  • Timothy Berger and Jessica O’Dwyer
  • Wobb Family Fund
  • Zachary Scott and Carly Hall

Associates $2,500 – $4,999

  • Anonymous x 4
  • Alan Grumet and Sonia Lee Charitable Fund
  • Allen and Lea Orwitz
  • Amanda Weitman
  • Barbara Nathan
  • Barry Phegan
  • Benjamin Stock and Emily Beth Longfellow
  • Bonnie Raitt
  • Carole and Gerald Gunn
  • Charles and Nel Ellwein
  • Chevron
  • Daniel Markovitz
  • David and Claudia Chittenden
  • David Goodman, MD
  • David Thompson and Maureen Broderick
  • Dodge and Cox
  • Elizabeth Shortino and Peter Eisenberg
  • Frank and Lois Noonan
  • Gatian Cunningham
  • Google
  • Gratitude Through Action Fund
  • Hayman Family Fund
  • Hubert-Bly Family Fund for Marin
  • HUI International
  • Jeffrey Wright
  • Legal Services Funders Network
  • M. Sheila Merritt and Robert D. Mass Family Fund
  • Margaret Keon
  • Marika Páez Wiesen and Eric Wiesen
  • Marsha and Thomas Dugan
  • Matthew Adams
  • Michael and Alison Seaman
  • Morris and Carolyn Beazley
  • Nelson Lee and Lia Rudnick Lee
  • Nick and Joan Boodrookas
  • Pabst Family Charitable Fund
  • Patricia and William Becker
  • PLUS Foundation
  • Rayner Foundation
  • Rebecca Ann Wakeley
  • Restaino / Becker Family Fund
  • Rev. Margaret and Mr. Richard Trezevant
  • Salesforce.org
  • Sid Hartman and Miguel Ruelas
  • Sklar Family Fund
  • Thomas and Sandra Ogden
  • Wardell-Smith Raabe Family Fund
  • William and Stephanie Ryder
  • Winifred and Harry B. Allen Foundation

Friends $1,000 – $2,499

  • Anonymous x 24
  • Anderson/Zand Family Charitable Fund
  • Andre and Lesley Shashaty
  • Andrew and Susan Marrinson Fund
  • Andrew F. and Ann B. Mathieson Fund
  • Andrew Kives and Joyce Abrams
  • Angela Grady
  • Annie and Edward Su
  • Anthony T. Psychoyos
  • Arno Harris and Nadine Burke Harris
  • Autodesk
  • Barbara and Larry Smilie
  • Betsy Gordon Foundation
  • Bianucci-Reilly Family Fund
  • Bill and Susan Goldsborough
  • Bradon Rice
  • Bruce Todd
  • Bryan Birch
  • Carl Duisberg and Laura Lindskog
  • Carol I. Moeller Costa
  • Carol Korenbrot
  • Caroline and James Burroughs
  • Carter and Carol Njus
  • Catherine Ramberg
  • Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Cheryl Sorokin
  • Chris and Kerri Skinnell
  • Christine and Edward O’Neill
  • Clark Stanton
  • Comann Charitable Fund
  • Daniel Gelbaum and Terri Moreno Gelbaum
  • Debra Thal Charitable Fund
  • Denison Family Foundation
  • Dennis and Pamela Joyce
  • Diane Cowdrey and Scot Russell
  • Diane Ongaro Fund
  • Dollinger Family Fund
  • Domenic Stansberry
  • Dorothy Mott
  • Drs. David L. and Rebecca E. Conant
  • Duff Kurland, Carol Nusinow Kurland and Mikayla Kurland
  • Edelman Family Foundation
  • Eileen and Andrew Fisher
  • Elkin Family Fund
  • Ellen and Peter Whalen
  • Emily and Peter Martin
  • Eric S. Bindelglass and Gabrielle Tierney
  • Esther Kligman-Frey and David Frey
  • Ethan and Hadley Dettmer
  • Fellom Family Fund
  • Fred and Amy Paulenich
  • Gayle Donsky and Morton Stein Philanthropic Fund
  • Genentech, Inc
  • Genevieve Wiersema
  • George and Virginia Jurkowich
  • Georgia Wright
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Grace A. Hughes
  • Hali Croner
  • Henn Charitable Foundation
  • Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation
  • Hock Investment LLC
  • Hooper, Lundy and Bookman, PC
  • IBM Employee Services
  • IDEO.org
  • Jacqueline and David Spielberg Fund
  • Jane and Phillip Rollins
  • Jeffrey and Mabel Bialik
  • Jennifer and Brian Ghidinelli
  • Jessie Rountree and Stephen McDaniel
  • Joanie Levinsohn
  • Joe and Jackie Floyd Foundation
  • John Adler and Mary Margaret McClure
  • JSA International U.S. Holdings, LLC
  • June Cooperman and Lawrence Litvak
  • Karen Robbins
  • Kathleen and Barry Blue
  • Kathleen Kearley-Green and Robert Green
  • Kenneth Perlmutter
  • Kevin and Aramie McDonald
  • Kevin Morrison
  • Kim Gaddy
  • Kjerstin Hatch
  • Kyle Paster
  • Lars and Jill Monroe
  • Laura Cox and Jay Cohen
  • Lauren and Kevin Menchavez
  • Leslie and James Eichenberger
  • Linda and Alan Zeichner
  • Linda and Jim Kasper
  • Lorraine Goldin and Jonathan Marshall
  • Louise and Timothy Erdman
  • Malcolm Kenneth Whyte III and J. McDade-Whyte Fund
  • Manuel Lopez Chan
  • Marc and Lena Vendetti-Estrella
  • Margaret Peggy Osterkamp
  • Marin Charitable
  • Marin County Community Development Agency
  • Marion Love
  • Mark and Catherine Devereaux
  • Mark and Jennifer Stevens
  • Marshall and Anne Richman
  • Martha A. Langston
  • Mary Fitzpatrick
  • Matt Bearson
  • Mel Croner
  • Michael A. Jacobs and Ellen L. Fuerst
  • Michael and Laurel Gothelf
  • Michael and Marna Kramer
  • Michael Kilgroe and Patricia Burbank
  • NAMI Marin
  • Nancy Sumner and Jeffrey Slavitz
  • Nell and Nelson Branco
  • Olivia Orr Fund
  • Omar and Erin Carrera
  • Orlee Rabin
  • Pamela Polite Fisco and Dennis Fisco
  • Patricia and John O’Neil
  • Patricia Keaney
  • Patti Breitman
  • Paul Gelburd and Diane Parish
  • Paula and Jim Gorder
  • Peter Pike
  • Pierina Dell’Avo Ruttimann and Roger Ruttimann
  • Revelle-Hufbauer Fund
  • Ricardo Soto
  • Rich Storek and Marla Wentner
  • Robert and Judith Leedy
  • Robert K. and Barbara Straus Family Foundation
  • Roberta Silverstein and Stephen Sperber
  • Roberto and Jennifer Balmaseda
  • Ron and Christine Grossi
  • Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere
  • Sachleben Sullivan Family Fund
  • San Rafael Elks Lodge
  • San Rafael Harbor Rotary Club Foundation
  • Sandra Fallat
  • Sandra Massen
  • Sandy Rolleri
  • Sara Aminzadeh
  • Saskia Feast and Axel Brait
  • Shelagh Smith Giving Fund
  • Sherman Family Foundation
  • Sinaloa Middle School
  • Slevin Family Giving Fund
  • Spencer and Stacey Sias Fund
  • Spitz Family Fund
  • Stacy Hering Astor
  • Starbucks Foundation: Neighborhood Grants Fund
  • Stephen and Britt Thal Charitable Gift Fund
  • Sue Burrell and Donald Kerson
  • Susan Charlton
  • Susan Wolf
  • Terry Helbush
  • The Barad Family
  • The Colin Family Charitable Fund
  • The Colwell Family Fund
  • The Fred Gellert Family Foundation
  • The Peter G. and Kristin V. Gordon Charitable Fund
  • The Ticknor Foundation, Inc.
  • The U.S. Charitable Gift Trust
  • The Uplands Family Foundation
  • Trautner-Flanagan Giving Fund
  • Trent and Denise Cutler
  • Valerie Layne
  • Virginia Fifield Fund
  • West Monroe
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church of Richardson Bay
  • Whitney Livermore
  • William and Candy Mitchell
  • William Mitchel and Amy Worth
  • Yoshiko and Joshua Adler
  • Yumiko Igarashi

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