About

Making History
In its 80+ years, the Marin History Museum has amassed a collection of some ​​​​​20,000 artifacts, 200,000 historic photographs and volumes of county scholarship, oral history and only-in-Marin curiosities. The Museum’s collection is central to its many public programs including exhibits, lectures, walks and classroom activities. The collection is also a critical resource for historians, students and other researchers.

The Museum’s efforts extend beyond its own collection, helping preserve numerous places, structures and artifacts central to Marin history and documenting important people, places, events and institutions in its publications.
Our Mission
The Marin History Museum’s mission is to celebrate the traditions, innovation and creativity of the people of Marin County, California.  Through exhibitions and educational programs built around the expertise of noted historians and an unparalleled collection, the Museum inspires honor for the past, an understanding of the present and an imagination of the future.
Al Boro
President, Board of Directors
    A retired, 35-year executive of Pacific Bell, Al has a vast record of community service, most notably as the five-time mayor of the City of San Rafael.

    He has also headed the Marin County Council of Mayors and Council Members, the Marin Commission on the Homeless, the Marin County Parks Commission, the San Rafael Child Care Task Force, the Central Marin Sanitation Agency, the Marin County Fair Board of Directors, the Golden Gate Bridge District and the SMART board. 

    Al and his wife Pat have four grown children and have lived in San Rafael since 1966.  Saint Raphael is his parish, where he serves as a lector and Eucharistic minister.  Al was born and raised in San Francisco and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco.
Gary Ragghianti
Vice President, Board of Directors

    Gary is the senior and managing partner at Ragghianti/Freitas, one of Marin’s largest full-service law firms located in San Rafael.  Gary started practicing law in the Marin County District Attorney’s office in 1969 and entered private practice in 1971. 

    He served as the elected San Rafael city attorney for 23 years and as the city attorney in Belvedere, Corte Madera and Tiburon.  Gary specializes in municipal law, real estate and land use litigation.  Gary is also the CEO of Resolution Remedies, an alternative dispute resolution provider where he has conducted mediations and arbitrations for 18 years.

    Gary has lived in Marin for 69 years and was raised in Greenbrae.  He attended Marin Catholic High School, the University of San Francisco and USF Law School.
Heather Powell
Collections Manager
    Heather started in her current position as Collections Manager in 2017.

    She first became involved with the Museum in 2004 when she served as interim registrar.  She returned in 2016 to complete an internship as administrative coordinator for the new board.

    Heather has previously worked as both a professional photographer and cataloger for several Marin County public libraries.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Art with a focus in Photography from San Francisco State University and is completing her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University.
Michelle Sarjeant Kaufman
Director

    Michelle has been a Museum staff member for more than 10 years. She has worked with such prominent institutions as the Oakland Museum of California, the Charles M. Schulz Museum and Research Center and the National Hot Rod Museum in Pomona, Calif. 

    She co-authored  The State Belt: San Francisco’s Waterfront Railroad, Marin History Museum’s Modern San Rafael: 1940-2000 and recently published San Rafael Through Time. Prior to her museum experience, Michelle ran her own freelance photography business and worked as a book conservator.

    Michelle earned a Master’s Degree in Museum Studies from John F. Kennedy University in Berkeley, Calif., and holds a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Art History and British Literature from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon.