Born in Los Angeles and raised by a strong and loving
grandmother who believed and lived the axiom that compassion for others is a
gift to oneself, was one of the first of Barbara’s many gifts.
As a Stewardess
for United Air Lines she met her future husband. They settled in Marin County where their seven children grew
up, a gift. The children were raised in Lucas Valley which they consider a
Volunteering focused on the schools…hot dog days, library
and Little League and the Swim Team and “Another Mother for Peace”. As the children grew, time opened for
some ventures outside the home…proprietor of San Anselmo Antiques, a re-entry
woman at Indian Valley College and a Docent at the De Young Museum. Not all at once, however.
After divorcing she and a friend opened an interior design
studio. She also found a new community at St. John’s church and while there
served on the Vestry, led adult classes and chaired the annual Christmas
St John’s had become involved in the Canal Community at the
time the “Boat People” were coming from the Far East and she became the St.
John’s representative to the Canal Ministry. Beginning as an ESL volunteer, she volunteered as Secretary
and then served on and chaired the Board. Another gift.
In 1999 a newspaper article gave her the idea of starting
Image for Success. Through the gracious support of Mary Donovan at CalWorks and
Homeward Bound at the beginning, and then the support and donations of the
Marin Community, Image has grown to where Image has provided two- week
wardrobes for over 8000 men, women and children.
Barbara is also a member of Clipped Wings (former UAL Flight
Attendants) and on the Board of Marin Charitable.
Her grandmother’s gift of compassion” has been a gift that
has kept on giving to Barbara.
30 years, Françoise Lepage, PhD, Professor and Dean Emerita
at Dominican University of California’s School of Business,
has pursued a vision: to enhance Marin’s global perspective.
What makes this woman unique is her singular ability to translate
her vision into concrete plans and partnerships.
the 1980s she secured a National Science Foundation grant to create
a program that would enhance the global perspective of Marin’s
K- 2 teachers. What’s unique is that Lepage’s NSF grant
was for a social studies program—unheard of from a foundation
focused on science and mathematics. NSF funded the program for four
years, and then hired Dr. Lepage as a consultant to promote social
science grant opportunities within NSF.
In the 1990s Dr. Lepage became the founding
director of Dominican’s Graduate Program in Pacific Basin
Studies. With faculty backing for the new MBA curriculum with an
innovative new focus, she secured a grant from the Compton Foundation
to establish the program. Lepage’s work has been the foundation
of Dominican University’s business program for 25 years.
In fall 2007, thanks to Dr. Lepage’s
vision, Dominican University will begin its Green MBA program. This
innovative curriculum, an offshoot of Pacific Basin Studies, is
an example of the way Francoise Lepage works: concept to vision
to implementation to reimplementation— accompanied by amazing
perseverance, tenacity, and long-term commitment.
Along with these formidable academic contributions,
Lepage enjoys getting a personal look at the world. Besides meeting
alumni in Taipei, Tokyo, Bangkok, and Shanghai, addresses to business
groups in Seoul, Sydney, Marrakech, and even San Rafael fill her
calendar. She’s also brought an astonishing group of world
figures to lecture on campus, among them the late U.S. ambassador
to the UN Jeanne Kirkpatrick, former secretary of defense Robert
McNamara, anthropologist Louise Leakey, oceanographer Sylvia Earle,
psychologist Kay Redfield Jamison, and string theorist Brian Green.
Dr. Lepage has received many awards for
her achievements, among them a Japan Foundation Fellowship, the
Distinguished Citizen Award from the Marin Cultural Center, the
Sarlo Distinguished Professor Award for Lifetime Achievement, and
the Pacific Basin Alumni Award.
Marymount University, Lepage’s alma
mater, has awarded this outstanding woman a Doctor of Human Letters
as a “distinguished alumna and educator.” Young women
searching for a role model with the vision, fortitude, and talent
to change the world need look no further than Marin’s own
CAROLINE S. LIVERMORE
Beginning in the 1930's, Caroline Livermore realized that the beauty
of Marin could not last forever without protection and planning.
She devoted her life to that end. She helped to halt development
of Mount Tamalpais, saving its slopes for the valuable watershed it
has become. Later, she was instrumental in having part of the
mountain formed into California's first state park. The Marin
Conservation League, under her leadership for twenty years, made successful
efforts to save Stinson Beach, which later became California's first
state beach park. She negotiated for the purchase of lands which
were subsequently formed into Samuel B. Taylor Park and Tomales Bay
State Park. To protect the scenery from the presence of unsightly
roadside billboards, Mrs. Livermore worked with the county supervisors
to pass the county's first anti-billboard ordinance.
Mrs. Livermore spearheaded a drive to save,
relocate and restore the historic Lyford Manson, now a Marin historic
site located in the Richardson Bay tidelands area, which she also
helped to preserve and protect. In leading the efforts to preserve
Angel Island from private development, Caroline Livermore worked tirelessly
for fifteen years lobbying state and national policy makers.
In 1970, Angel Island was declared a state park and a national landmark,
with Mt. Livermore, the highest peak on the island, named in her honor.
In addition to these conservation efforts, Mrs. Livermore was a founder
of the Marin Audubon Society, the Marin Art and Garden Center, the
Richardson Bay Foundation and the Point Reyes National Seashore Foundation.
Read Caroline Livermore's extended biography
PAMELA WRIGHT LLOYD
Pamela Wright Lloyd of Mill Valley has devoted much of her life to
safeguarding the environment. She was a founder of the Marin
Conservation Corps (MCC), the first local community conservation corps
in the U.S. which provides disadvantaged youth with opportunities
to learn land stewardship and develop job skills through community
service. In 1972 Lloyd co-founded the Environmental Forum of
Marin to inform community members about the environment. She
was also instrumental in developing the nationally recognized Marin
Countywide Plan which continues, 20 years later, to provide real protection
to Marin's natural environment.
Lloyd was the first women President of the
Marin Municipal Water District Board of Directors where she
helped guide the county through its first major drought and established
policies that were later replicated in other parts of the country.
In 1987 she was appointed to the San Francisco Bay Regional Water
Quality Control Board, and has been called one of its most respected
and effective members. In 1990, she was awarded the Ted Wellman
Memorial Award by the Marin Conservation League for outstanding community
service in protecting water resources.
Lloyd has demonstrated leadership and vision
in all her undertakings. As former Marin County Supervisor Al
Aramburu said of Lloyd, his former aide, "She is a woman of uncommon
intelligence, dedication and integrity, serving as an exemplary role
model for women of all ages." Lloyd is highly respected
for the strength of her environmental convictions, her willingness
to respond to the concerns of others, her fair-mindedness, and her
general good nature. Her achievements will benefit Marin County,
the Bay Area environment, and its people for decades to come.
Read the extended biography by Stephanie Douglass
DENISE M. LUCY, Ed.D.
Dr. Denise Lucy is one of
Marin’s progressive educators. She has consistently demonstrated academic
leadership and vision in the formation of degree programs and strategic
partnerships providing unique educational and community engagement in Marin
County. Her commitment to educational equity has been unwavering during her 30
years in higher education.
believes that education is the great equalizer in society. This philosophy has
inspired and guided her throughout her exemplary higher education career, as
well as in her community service.
Marin County has benefited from her commitment to help others,
positively impacting the lives of her students, employers, and our community,
through myriad educational programs.
held a variety of management positions, both at the University of San Francisco
and now at Dominican University of California. At Dominican she served as Vice President for Academic
Affairs, Dean of Liberal and Professional Studies and Director of Pathways.
Prior to Dominican, she served the University of San Francisco’s College of
Professional Studies as Associate Dean.
Denise is Professor of Business Leadership and a scholar in the areas of small
business enterprises in the global market place. She is an expert in leadership
and organizational change, and founding Executive Director of the Institute of
Leadership Studies, a leadership development center.
her direction, Dominican’s well-received Leadership Lecture Series, a
cooperative project with Marin’s own Book Passage, has welcomed luminaries
including former Vice President, Al Gore and Secretary of State Madeleine
Albright, finance guru, Suzie Orman and our fellow Marin Hall of Famer, Isabel
Allende, to name a few.
a community leader and member on local boards, including serving as Chair of
Marin Education Fund, now named 10,000 Degrees, she has positively impacted the
lives of others. Marin employers benefited from various business outreach
programs, and the general Marin community through her myriad efforts at
partnership formation and bridge-building. Her partnership with the Marin Women’s Commission helped form the Women’s
Leadership Summits advocating for the rights and needs of women and girls.
The University of San Francisco
has awarded Denise the Edward Griffin Award for Outstanding Service in
Education and well as its Merit Award. Dominican University of California has
recognized her many contributions by presenting her with the Presidential
Medallion and the Sr. Aquinas Nimitz Distinguished Service Award. Denise was
also a recipient of the Magnificent Woman of Marin Award 2007. She earned a B.S. from Michigan State
University, an M.S. from California State University, Fresno, and an Ed.D. in
Organizations and Leadership from the University of San Francisco.
Denise and her spouse, 2007
Marin Women’s Hall of Fame honoree, Dr. Françoise Lepage, live in San Rafael
and collaborate on research, global travel, and golf.
Martha Martinez volunteered for many organizations that provided
services for the Latino population in Marin, especially those that
helped the Latinos become more a part of the community. Where
no programs existed, she started them. One of her most outstanding
services was the work she did for the Novato police department in
composing Spanish translations for publications. She worked
with the Marin Independent Elders Project, the Marin Housing Authority,
Fair Housing La Familia Center, In-Home Support Services of Marin
and the Commission on Aging. Ms. Martinez developed a Language
Bank to bring bilingual volunteers to serve low income seniors in
Her respect for elders fueled her and she
directed her energies toward the elderly in general and the Latino
elderly in particular. She formed the Corazon Latino groups
for senior Latino women and for men. She founded a program
with the Novato Police Department called "Are You OK?",
which is still operating, in which volunteers call home-bound seniors
every day to check on their safety. She served as a mentor
to many Hispanic women in Marin, encouraging them and promoting
higher education. Ms. Martinez was born in Guadalajara, Mexico.
After attending school in San Antonio, Texas, she worked in Mexico
City as a translator for the Rockefeller and Ford foundations as
a secretary to the Minister of Agriculture, returning to the United
States to live in 1965. She died September 13, 1995.
Novato Police Chief Brian Brady said, "Martha Martinez's accomplishments
and legacy will live on. The police and this community lost
McLemore is a dynamic activist whose "Women Helping All People"
fosters personal achievement, economic independence, and a sense
of belonging to a community.
1990, sixteen Marin City women gathered on Royce's front lawn to
express their concern for the community's young women who lived
in public housing, had nothing to do, and faced a future of more
of the same. Under Royce's leadership, Women Helping Women, a grassroots
support service, was formed. Through Royce's strong belief that
"you can do anything you want to do," WHW gradually was
transformed into something greater, Women Helping All People (WHAP).
WHAP's mission is to provide low-income Marin residents - particularly
those in public housing - with information, support services, and
educational opportunities that develop self esteem, economic self-sufficiency,
and a sense of community. (WHAP's programs are open to all Marin
residents regardless of race, color, sex, or creed.)
by WHAP's plan, the Marin Housing Authority provided office space.
With an office, a $1,000 donation, and a lot of hustling for furniture
and equipment, WHAP was a business, and Royce was Executive Director.
Assisted by the Marin Housing Authority, Community Action Marin,
the Sausalito School District and various county agencies, WHAP's
mission expanded again, this time to offer goal-directed bootstrap
programs for all low income Marin County residents.
offers an impressive line-up. In- and After School Safe House is
a tutorial program for K-12 students. Landscape Services, partnering
with Marin Conservation corps, trains young men to be gardeners
and provides opportunities to own businesses in public housing areas.
The Oracle/Independent Studies Program works with MCOE to offer
independent study to enable high school dropouts to earn a diploma.
The GED/ESL Literacy Class, in cooperation with Marin Literacy Council,
provides tutors to teach English to residents who don't speak English.
Vietnamese residents of Marin City have benefited greatly from this
Cumper Learning Center teaches computer skills that open the door
to better-paying jobs. The Housing Authority provided funds for
Computer Repair Training classes, with even better jobs in mind.
Finder's Keepers, with help from Ritter house, offers clothing and
household items to people in need. Finally, WHAP's Scholastic Academy
offers a supportive learning environment for students who perform
below grade level and need extra help to improve.
determination, fired by her strong personal faith, is the driving
force behind all this. Congratulations, Royce McLemore!
Lois Merriweather Moore, a wife, mother, grandmother, and Novato
resident, has been an educator for 35 years. She empowers her students
to envision their own excellence, and gives them the tools to achieve
taught Spanish, English, and English as a Second Language in Marin’s
middle and high schools. While famous for setting the performance
bar high, Lois set even higher standards for herself. She knew that
if she didn’t excel, she couldn’t expect her students
to excel. She is a superior role model for students. In addition
to speaking appearances and presenting research at international
conferences, her professional training included the Women &
Power Executive Education Program at Harvard University and the
Institute for Social and International Studies in Barcelona, Spain.
an Adjunct Professor in the International & Multicultural Education
Department of the University of San Francisco, Dr. Moore teaches
other teachers and administrators. She assists doctoral scholars
in gathering, organizing, and presenting research at international
conferences such as the Hawaii International Conference on Education
in Honolulu and the International Association for Intercultural
Education Conference in Verona, Italy. Presenting at prestigious
conferences gives junior scholars needed exposure that significantly
enhances job marketability, and Lois shows them how it’s done.
also helps doctoral scholars navigate the arduous road to professional
publication – a critical step on the path to tenure. In her
second publication, The Dispersion of Africans and African Culture
Throughout the World: Essays on the African Diaspora, Moore edited
and published the research of several doctoral scholars that she
taught. By having a publication on record before they graduated,
Moore’s students had an edge in the job market. Dr. Moore’s
collaboration in this work was a milestone in the history of USF’s
School of Education.
Moore teaches more than what’s in the textbook. She’s
a living example that education is a lifetime project. She teaches
students how to live by exhibiting character, self-respect, perseverance,
and integrity. She empowers students by challenging them to perform
at levels they thought impossible.
Moore’s commitment to community and educational excellence
has been widely recognized. She has received the Martin Luther King
Humanitarian Award, the Novato Citizen of the Year Award, the Bay
Area Blacks in Philanthropy Leadership & Achievement Award,
the Carl. A. Grant Multicultural Research Award, and the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation Gates Millennium Scholarship Award. We
welcome her to the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.
Business & Professions
The Marin Women’s Hall of Fame honors Catherine Munson for her
past efforts to preserve the Marin County Civic Center, acquire land for
permanent open space and create the Point Reyes National Seashore.
Catherine Munson grew up in a little town in central Nebraska
during the depression. Her childhood was simple but she enjoyed an
excellent basic education and an outstanding music education. This
foundation gave her the tools for a rich and rewarding life.
She graduated from the University of Nebraska with a double
masters degree in microbiology and biochemistry. She met her first
husband, Bill Munson, there. They lived in Chicago before moving to
their dream city, San Francisco. When they purchased an Eichler home in
Terra Linda, it was the 200th house in this brand new community. They
wanted to help shape the destiny of this new community. They were also
committed to public recreation in Terra Linda.
Catherine went to work for Joseph Eichler. She also worked with
Caroline Livermore to raise money for construction and physically worked
to build Pixie Place at the Marin Art and Garden Center – the first
preschool playground in Marin County. She was pivotally involved in
preserving the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center, the acquisition of
permanent open space and the Pt. Reyes National Park.
When Bill died in 1967, she continued working for Joseph Eichler
and to support her 3 daughters. She formed Lucas Valley Properties in
1967 and has directed this firm prosperously ever since. Her daughter
Shelley has been a principal for almost 30 years.
In 1975 she married Bud Sthymmel, her real estate mentor. They
traveled the world when not working intensely and enjoyed great
happiness with his 3 boys and her 3 girls.
Her real estate career includes developments such as Pacheco
Valley, Sunrise Pointe, Quarry Mountain Estates as well as five
industrial condominium projects, McInnis Park Golf Center and various
commercial projects. She continues to be the premier representative of
Eichler homes, having sold over 3,000 of these iconic midcentury modern
She has served on the Board of the Marin Symphony almost
continuously since 1965, and has endowed the concert master chair. She
has been treasurer of Wednesday Morning Dialogue for 20 years. Her
service on the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center Conservancy also spans 20
years and her service on the Marin History Museum Board spans the same
A major focus has been her role in founding the Marin Community
Bank, later Business Bank of California. Currently she is vice chair of
Alta Pacific Bank in Santa Rosa. Her interest in two philanthropies over
shadows all others:
The first is Project Amigo – an educational project in Southwest
Mexico. She has served as president of the Board for 10 years. Their
efforts have resulted in 26 indigenous children being currently enrolled
in the University of Colima, Mexico. 15 have graduated including 2
lawyers and one practicing physician. Started by many Marin County
Rotary Clubs, currently there are over 300 kids in the project from
preschool to graduate school.
Her second passion is for the Buck Institute for Age Research.
She is currently vice Chair of the Board. She is devoted to basic
research into causes of aging and to results which will extend the
healthy life span.
Catherine is an enthusiastic pillar of Marin County, involved in
conservation, the arts, and the preservation of Marin County’s history.
Helping others, seniors, the disabled, the economically disadvantaged, to find affordable housing has been Mary Murtagh’s primary focus since college. After graduating cum laude from Wellesley College, she studied architecture at M.I.T. Mary was assigned to design a bus shelter in a public housing project and saw for the first time, the reality of urban poverty. She was motivated to be part of the solution and abandoned architecture to become involved in urban problems, housing policy and real estate finance.
Mary believes that poverty is very often a women’s issue that has a cascading effect due to discrimination and flawed social policies. Early in her career, Mary saw that the security of housing would provide a secure foundation to give disadvantaged women and their families an opportunity to succeed.
Today Mary serves as President and CEO at EAH Housing, (Ecumenical Association for Housing) and has overseen EAH develop over 5,500 units in 42 municipalities in California and Hawaii - often places where "affordable housing" is an oxymoron.
Mary served as Assistant Deputy Administrator of the Community Redevelopment Agency in Los Angeles and Development Officer for the Urban Development Action Program of HUD. She spearheaded a $4 million renovation of the 174-unit Arlington Hotel in San Francisco for St. Vincent de Paul, an award-winning development, one of the first "sober" residential complexes in the nation for recovering alcoholics.
Mary’s perseverance, innovation, enormous energy, leadership ability and focus on affordable housing has proven to be her life-defining work: growing EAH from a small grassroots organization with 16 properties in Marin to a nationally recognized non-profit housing development, management and advocacy organization serving over 18,000 individuals in two states.
Her innovative policy changes at EAH Housing have included: access to technology for EAH residents, a corporate-wide "green" policy, programs for women re-entering the job force, residential training programs and child care facilities. Mary championed the first computer learning center in HUD’s Western Region; a network of 13 centers in EAH developments. She is committed to preserving properties at risk of conversion to Market Rate housing by keeping them available for low-income families and seniors.
From bureaucracy and NIMBYs, dried-up financial support systems, to an ever increasing demand for affordable housing, Mary has faced set-backs and challenges with grit and tenacity. Whether it is Edgewater Place, Mackey Terrace, Cecilia Place or one of a dozen others, she sees each property as a vital safe harbor for families who are working hard to keep their lives together.
The Hall of Fame is proud of Mary’s enduring quest to provide affordable housing for those in need.
Edna Muse is a volunteer dedicated to many Marin organizations.
She has committed countless hours to many causes that impact the quality
of life for local residents, including the American Cancer Society,
the Novato Human Needs Center, the Novato Unified School District,
and numerous local hospitals. She co-founded the Concerned Parents
of Novato, a multiracial organization that raises scholarship money
for local African-American youth. Her ability to walk in someone
else's shoes has made her a valuable asset to the Novato Police Advisory
and Review Board. Her service ranges from helping to collect
emergency foods, to serving on speakers bureaus, to being in charge
of fund-raising. She's upbeat and possesses an uncanny ability
to find the common bound between diverse groups of people. An
active member of her church, she is an extraordinary singer and soloist
in the choir.
Ms. Muse's contributions have been recognized
in numerous awards including the Humanitarian Award from the Marin
County Human Rights Commission. A close friend wrote, "It
can be truly said of Edna Muse that she has played a part in fulfilling
the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She has tried to feed
the hungry, clothe the naked and visit those who were in prison;
she has tried to love and serve humanity."
Read Edna Muse's extended biography
DOLORES "DOLLY" NAVE
Few people affect the greater public good than Dolores Nave,
affectionately known as Dolly. At age 20, Dolly was a widow with two
children. Dolly's first husband
was lost in the Korean War. In 1955, Dolly married Rich Nave. Rich and Dolly
raised eight children. With her eight children involved in athletics and
recreational activities, Dolly had firsthand knowledge of available park,
recreation facilities and facility use requirements. Dolly soon set out to
improve our parks. Since beginning
these projects in 1982, Dolly can single handled be credited with more public
park improvements than any other private citizen of our time.
Dolly volunteered at Albert Park for 35 years working with
the kids. Dolly created jobs for teenagers who needed school credit in the
school work program at San Rafael High School. Dolly was called the "Angel
of Albert Park." With tireless
fundraising efforts and in kind donations, Dolly was able to accomplish
upgrades to Albert Park, making Albert's Park a state of the art recreation
facility. Dolly's efforts lead to a new press box, public address system, new
surfaces for entry and bleacher areas,
resurfaced tennis courts and path, new roof for stadium, new infield,
new sand turf, new batting cages, new warm-up and pitching mounds, automatic
irrigation systems, new drainage lines, handicap access restrooms, repaved the
parking lot etc.
Dolly was the project manager for the construction of the
Marin Community Fields. This project created seventeen acres of public playing
fields providing softball, baseball, rugby, and soccer. Also, the Marin Community Fields project
constructed a thousand seat amp-theater for performing arts and Redwood High
Over the last forty years Dolly has been at the forefront of
several projects at San Rafael High School. In the 80's, as project coordinator Dolly raised funds to
grade and add two new electronic scoreboards for softball and baseball. In addition, Dolly replaced the
surge and filter tanks for the pool and refurbished the decks.
In the 90's, as the Alumni Project Coordinator, Dolly
started a new long term project to paint the entire school. The initial phase
was completed and every year since
another phase of the paint project has been completed. Dolly initiated,
"Save Night Football" campaign, resulting in the installation of
state of the art football lights at Miller Field. Dolly's fundraising efforts
lead to the replacement of the infrastructure at the main gym, football,
baseball and track fields. Also, installed a tank for the swimming pool to save
water and operating expenses. In addition,
completed the installation of new all weather track surface including drainage,
side curbs, fencing and high tech sports track surface. In 2000, as the project
coordinator, all weather track surfacing was completed. San Rafael High School was the first
High School in Marin County to have an all weather track.
In 1993, Dolly was a founding board member and construction
chair of The Marin Bocce Federation at Albert Park. In 1994, Dolly's efforts
led to the completion of the first phase, six state of the art world class synthetic
Bocce ball courts in the United States.
The Marin Bocce Federation
now provides recreation to over 1000 players per week. Marin Bocce was named
the most Beautiful Public Bocce Facility in America and received the
Presidential Renew America Award for Environmental Achievements.
Dolly received many awards for her outstanding accomplishments
and efforts. In 1988, Dolly was
awarded, Citizen of the Year for San Rafael. In 1989, Dolly was awarded the
Marv Lechner Award from San Rafael High School. In 1991, Dolly was awarded Women of the Year for the third
Senate District for the State of California. In 1993, Dolly was inducted in the Marin County High School Athletic
Hall of Fame for special recognition.
In 2010, Dolly and Rich were inducted in the Wall of Honor at San Rafael
Dolly would be the first to tell you that she did not do
this alone. Such accomplishments can only be realized with the full cooperation
of concerned local government, school districts, civic minded local business
and motivated citizens. Dolly was
a true volunteer, never receiving any compensation for any of her
projects. Dolly provided millions
of dollars in funding and in kind donations for many school fields, parks and
Helen Nelson has devoted most of her adult life to consumer advocacy
and education. With a focus on American consumer, she has promoted
fairness and truth. Often in the public spotlight, she has held
press conferences, testified before state legislatures and the U.S.
Congress, addressed countless audiences and worked with numerous national
and international leaders. Helen began her consumer work by
becoming Consumer Counsel to California Governor Edmund Brown.
In this position - the first of its kind in the country - she drafted
and recommended consumer legislation. She had to work against
"special interest" lobbyists, especially those representing
industries who did not want to label the contents in their products
(such as the food and cosmetics industries), who did not want to provide
the actual cost of credit ("truth in lending") and who did
not want to otherwise inform the spending public.
In addition to her work in Sacramento, Helen
served on the Consumer Advisory Council to Presidents John F. Kennedy
and Lyndon B. Johnson. Later, she was the Public Governor of
the American Stock Exchange from 1972 - 1978, as well as Consumer
Consultant to the U.S. Congress. For fifteen years she served
on the Board of the Consumers Union. Under President Jimmy Carter,
she was appointed a member of the President's Export Council, as well
as Consumer Advisor to the Federal Reserve Board. In 1979, she
founded the Consumer Research Foundation, which makes policy recommendations
on consumer matters throughout the world. In 1996, she was featured
as the commentator on a video of the history of the American consumer
movement entitled "Change Makers: The Struggle for Consumer Rights".
Read Helen Nelson's extended biography