Joan Capurro was tireless champion for those doing good in Marin – Marin Independent Journal | #specialneeds | #kids

Marin lost one of its most enthusiastic cheerleaders when longtime civic leader Joan Capurro died on Christmas Eve.

She was a tireless champion for those doing good things across our county.

Her own resume was impressive, but she always placed her focus on others’ work and accomplishments. She made sure that their dedication and heartfelt contributions were not taken for granted.

Ms. Capurro, a longtime resident of San Anselmo, led by example, both in her longtime and trailblazing career in banking and the countless hours she devoted to lead and support local service and nonprofit organizations.

Usually wearing a stylish hat and a cheerful smile, Ms. Capurro seemed to be everywhere, anywhere she felt her help and support were needed.

She was a mentor, both in word and deed and both in her professional and personal lives.

Her 40-year career in banking started on the bottom rung of that male-domincated corporate ladder. At 19, she joined Wells Fargo’s head office in San Francisco, starting out as a page. After she and her husband, Bob, moved to Marin in 1961, she joined Crocker Anglo Bank as a bookkeeper and rose to a job as an area market manager.

She then joined a San Anselmo-based savings and loan as part of its management team and in 1989 started her career with Bank of Marin, being promoted to senior vice president in 2007.

Her work in keeping the bank connected with the community and her networking skills served as examples for the bank’s employees, both women and men, and leadership.

She loved to talk about the good things others were doing for the community she loved.

Her civic resume touches almost every corner of our county.

She was active in the leadership of the chambers of commerce in San Rafael and San Anselmo, and led fundraising efforts for the Novato Youth Center and Sunnyhills Children’s Center in San Anselmo.

She was installed as a member of the YWCA’s Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.

Ms. Capurro was a board chair of the Marin Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Marin County School Volunteers and served on the fund-raising committee for Matrix, a Marin support organization for parents of children with special needs.

She was also the first woman board chair for the Marin unit of the Salvation Army.

Add to that list, volunteering with the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, Community Action Marin, Dominican University’s Women, Leadership and Philanthropy Council, the Marin Workforce Investment Board, the College of Marin Foundation and United Way.

She also served as co-chair of the Ross Valley Rotary Club.

If it seemed she was everywhere; she was. Her participation was enthusiastic and caring.

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