After her first nonprofit job as Program Director at the Fort Mason Foundation, the nonprofit association that developed GGNRA's Fort Mason Cultural Center, she served in a variety organizational capacity-building roles, including Associate Director for Bluewater Network, Director of Development (nationally) and simultaneously as Director of West Coast Operations for Friends of the Earth, consultant and then founding Development Director for San Francisco BayKeeper (growing it from seed grants to a $1 million plus regional organization), and as Executive Director of the California Center for Wildlife (now WildCare). She has also led organizational development and fundraising for other local and regional nonprofits, including Golden Gate Audubon Society, as well as consulting clients, such as College of Marin Arts and Lectures and Greenpeace. She holds an MA degree from U.C. Davis and completed PhD studies at Columbia University before deciding on a nonprofit career. She has served on several environmental and youth boards, including Earth Share of California's statewide board as Vice President and received the Helen Glenny Award for outstanding service from Earthshare twice, as well as an Environmental Hero award from Friends of the Earth.
Marsha Mather-Thrift is a veteran nonprofit organization manager and fundraiser with more than 25 years of experience. She has been Executive Director of the Rosie the Riveter Trust for the last five years, coordinating with the Trust board and National Park staff to open a new Visitor Center and Gift Store, complete a historic building renovation, and build a program designed to raise short and long-term resources for the park.