MARIN, CA – Sept. 30, 2020 – The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin (SVdP) welcomes Herb Foedisch as the new President of the Board of Directors beginning Oct. 1, 2020. Foedisch, a resident of Tiburon, has served on the Board since 2008. Herb has led many of our community fundraisers and has spearheaded our facility renovation projects while in his previous roles on the Board as Development Chair and Vice President.
Foedisch stated, “This work is important to me because SVdP brings our community together to help our most vulnerable. Whether volunteering time to prepare meals or to help the people experiencing homelessness secure housing, our supporters make me truly believe we can prevent and end homelessness in Marin. I am excited to continue my advocacy for those who need help and to keep making progress in the fight for housing and food security in our community.”
Executive Director Christine Paquette is grateful for the outstanding leadership of both incoming President Foedisch and outgoing Board President Rich Gallagher. Both Gallagher and Foedisch have been instrumental in supporting SVdP’s 68% growth in revenue in the last five years. Their work has helped increase community collaboration, secure permanent housing for chronically homeless people, and provide food and emergency rental assistance for families and individuals at-risk of becoming homeless in Marin due to the pandemic.
Paquette says, “I am thrilled that Herb is stepping up as our new President. His experience as a wealth management advisor and philanthropic leader, along with his generous heart, will ensure our continued success at helping SVdP feed, house, and care for our county’s most vulnerable residents.”
About Herb Foedisch
Herb Foedisch graduated from Santa Clara University, with a B.S. in economics. For more than three decades he has operated his own financial planning firm, Paradise Cay Financial. Herb has received numerous awards for his business practices and mentoring of new professionals. He has also served in several volunteer leadership roles with the Guardsmen, the San Francisco Metro and Central YMCAs, and Catholic Charities. Closer to home, Herb enjoyed coaching his three daughters’ basketball and soccer teams for many years. He and his wife Joan have lived in Marin for over 50 years.
About St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin
St. Vincent de Paul Society of Marin is an independent, nonprofit organization governed by our own Board of Directors and is solely responsible for fundraising and program operations. Since 1946, our crisis assistance programs in Marin have grown to support over 15,000 people annually. Our core services include providing nutritious meals (200,000 annually) at our Free Dining Room, Homeless Prevention Support, Crisis and Housing Search Assistance, Case Management Services, Job Training and Community Court. Through the organization’s collaborative Homeless Outreach Team, Marin’s rate of chronic homelessness has been reduced by 28% and our community is saving $8.5 million annually* by housing 200 high-risk people. This year, SVdP has distributed more than $400,000 in emergency rental assistance to community residents in crisis.
*Based on Santa Clara 2015 6-yr Cost Study