Vice President & Director of Community Relations of the Bank of Marin, Joan Capurro been selected to receive the third annual Pamela Levine Arts Education Leadership Award. This award recognizes exceptional accomplishments in arts education in Marin County, in memory of the dedication and commitment of Youth in Arts’ former Executive Director Pamela Levine. The $1000 award, will be presented during a main-stage ceremony on Sunday, June 13, at Youth in Arts’ annual Italian Street Painting Festival in San Rafael.
In her capacity as Vice President of Bank of Marin, Joan Capurro was part of the original group that provided seed money for Youth in Arts to get off the ground and helped to support the beginning of the Italian Street Painting Festival. Joan has been a longtime supporter of the arts in Marin, in addition to Youth in Arts she has supported The San Anselmo Art Festival, California Film Institute, Art Works Downtown, to name a few.
Joan Capurro’s 40+ years of banking experience and community dedication, combined with her vivacious nature make her a valuable asset to the entire community. She began her career as a bookkeeper and outgoing bank teller and ultimately advanced to branch manager. Joan joined Bank of Marin as one of their first employees in 1990 as manager of the newly opened San Rafael office. Currently, she is Vice President and Director of Community Relations at Bank of Marin.
As Director of Community Relations, Joan supports the Bank’s mission to “positively impact the communities in which we operate through a combination of human and financial contributions.” Joan manages Bank of Marin’s community contributions, reviewing hundreds of requests a year, and ultimately donating to approximately 250 non-profit organizations each year.
Joan actively recruits and coordinates the volunteer efforts of close to 200 Bank of Marin employees, who collectively volunteer over 6,000 hours each year. (Joan herself volunteers hundreds of hours a year!) She also serves as a community resource to countless individuals and non-profit groups, offering advice on fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and grant sources, and provides numerous networking opportunities for her many contacts. Joan’s countless hours of volunteering with local nonprofits include not only Youth in Arts, but also the Salvation Army, Marin County School Volunteers, Center for Volunteer and Non-profit Leadership, Work Force Investment Board, and College of Marin. Joining a prestigious group of women in our community, Joan was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame in 2010.