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Officers & Directors

 

Bob Silvestri
President - Chairman of the Board

 

Bob has dedicated the past 2 decades to community service and charitable and philanthropic work in Marin County, California, where he resides. 

 

In his career, Bob has been extensively involved in design, construction, planning. and real estate development and finance. In 1980 he founded Tiburon Group which offered architecture, planning and affordable housing development services, financial underwriting and real estate brokerage services and participated in a variety of real estate partnerships and investments. Tiburon Group helped develop approximately 2,000 units of Section 8 affordable housing using low income housing tax credit financing. Tiburon Group has also acted as a real estate investment advisor to private, corporate and institutional clients.

 

See full real estate development / architecture CV here.

 

Bob has published Op-Ed pieces and commentary in local newspapers and online journals about sustainable local planning and affordable housing solutions. His writings include the recently published books, "Marin 2016: Dispatches from the front" and "The Best Laid Plans: Our Planning and Affordable Housing Challenges in Marin." Bob has served on planning advisory committees and been active in local community affairs in Mill Valley since 1993. In 2007, he published "The Miller Avenue Alternative Analysis," a land use study to help the City identify affordable housing opportunities using an innovative market responsive approach. 

 

In 2003, Bob founded Environmental Media Fund (EMF), a 501(c)(3), California nonprofit corporation. From its founding until 2013, Mr. Silvestri and EMF’s distinguished board of directors worked as a catalyst organization that helped to create, develop, produce, finance and distribute documentaries and television programming about social justice, human health and the environment. Projects included PBS television and award winning films and educational initiatives about “green” building, sustainable planning and development. In his career, Bob has also scripted and developed feature film projects for Paul Monash / Warner Brothers, Cannon / Golan Globus Productions, and Rastar / Sony / Columbia Pictures, and other film ventures.

 

Bob founded the doGoodr Fund in 2005, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that developed the proprietary doGoodr Search/Match technology. The Internet "cloud" application allowed anyone in the world needing something (Money, People or Things) to be matched instantly with anyone wanting to give something away for charitable purposes. doGoodr technology was acquired by CVP in April of 2015.

 

Mr. Silvestri the founder of Community Venture Partners, Inc. and the founder and editor of the Marin Post. He is a licensed architect (CO. 1986 to present) and holds a Bachelors of Architecture from the Cooper Union School of Architecture in New York City. In his career, he has been a member of the American Institute of Architects and National Association of Realtors, certified by NCARB, and a number of national environmental organizations.

 

Maurice H. Bennett

Treasurer - Board Member

 

Maurice Bennett’s ongoing business interests include the development and finance of multifamily and commercial real estate in the Denver, Colorado, metropolitan area. Among other properties, he currently owns and manages Section 8 low and very low income affordable housing properties.

 

Maurice acted as the secretary and a board member of Environmental Media Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, for ten years before joining Community Venture Partners. Mr. Bennett has a demonstrated history of commitment to charitable and educational nonprofit work. 

 

Mr. Bennett attended Colorado State University and received a degree in Economics, and an MBA from San Francisco State University. In addition to his business activities and charitable work, Maurice has taught economics at the Community College of Denver, Colorado for the past 13 years.

Sid Baskin

Corporate Secretary - Board Member

 

Sid Baskin has been a resident of Marin for over fifty years. Before retiring from AT&T, Sid’s organizational team was instrumental in the development and deployment of major domestic and global private data networking solutions until his retirement in 1998.

 

A San Francisco native, Sid moved from the City to Marin County in 1964 residing in Mill Valley, San Anselmo and currently a resident of Mont Marin in the Lucas Valley area. He became involved in political local issues soon after moving to Marin and has remained active throughout the years in efforts to preserve the character of Marin, advocating environmentally friendly, sensible development to meet Marin’s growing population.

 

Sid was involved in one of the first open space acquisitions in Marin County in the 1970’s.

 

Sid is currently on the Board of Directors of the Tamalpais Conservation Club, an active member of the West Marin Sonoma Coastal Advocates, and on the Board of Directors of the Mont Marin Home Owners Association. Sid previously was Vice President of the College of Marin Foundation (2012) and a member of the 2011-2012 MMWD Citizens’ Water Rate Advisory Committee.

Joan Bennett
Board Member 

 

Joan Bennett is a practicing attorney and a fifth generation San Franciscan, who grew up in Kentfield. Weaned on politics and activism by her family, at an early age, Ms. Bennett has been involved in local political issues in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. Her experiences in local public service include being past Chairperson of the Committee to Save King Mountain, a member of the 1999-2000 Marin Municipal Water District Citizens Advisory Committee, working to find long term solutions to Marin’s water supply and overall District challenges, director of the Tamalpais Conservation Club, Ross (2005-present), director of the Trails Preservation Council, Mill Valley, and past President of the College of Marin Foundation (2012).

 

Joan worked in the Criminal Appellate Division of the Office of the Attorney General, State of California, San Francisco, before founding the Law Offices of Bennett & Bennett in San Francisco, in 1985, specializing in insurance, personal injury and real property claims. From 1994 to 1999, she served as House Counsel to State Farm Insurance Company first San Francisco office, and then went on to found the Law Offices of Joan P. Bennett in 1999 in San Francisco. In her career she has been involved in numerous trials and overseen hundreds of cases on a broad spectrum of issues. Ms. Bennett is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with honors, with a B. A. in history, minor in European art history, and holds post graduate degree from Hastings College of the Law.

Ann Peckenpaugh Becker

Board Member

 

Ann Peckenpaugh was a leading executive search consultant in Silicon Valley for 26 years beginning in 1982. Most recently, she was President of Board Search Partners LLC, the only search firm specializing in recruiting boards of directors for public and private high technology companies. Previously, Ann was Senior Vice President, Recruiting and Human Capital Partner at Highland Capital Partners, a leading venture capital firm headquartered in the Boston Area.

 

Prior to Highland Capital, Ann was a Partner with Schweichler Associates, a leading retained search firm serving Silicon Valley, from 1990 to 2000. Earlier in her career, she was a Vice President with David Powell Associates, and prior to that, ran her own retained search firm, Peckenpaugh & Company.

 

Since retiring in 2007, Ann has served on several non-profit boards. She is a co-founder of MarinAgainstDensity, a local community organization which champions sustainable affordable housing solutions for Marin County.

 

Ann holds an MBA from Harvard Business School (1980) and a Bachelor’s degree with High Distinction from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor (1976). Ann is married to David Becker, has two teenage sons, and lives in Marin County, California.