• 2023 Board of Directors

    Teresa Ancona, Chair – Angelino Restaurant
    Amy Svendberg, Incoming Chair Poggio Trattoria
    Leigh Hunt, Treasurer – Modern Sailing Club & School
    Jessica Cox, Secretary — LoveMarin
    Sue Averell – Gallery Sausalito
    Jim Gabbert – Next Century Enterprises
    Bridget Hook – Hook House
    Kim Huff – Kimber Communications
    Aness Pogni — Soxalito 
    Jeff Scharosch – The Spinnaker Restaurant
    Patty Zevallos – Ms. Patty Productions

  • Executive Staff

  • Daryl Niemerow, President & CEO

    Sausalito, CA, August 15, 2023 – The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that Daryl Niemerow has joined the organization as the new President & CEO to serve our members and the Sausalito business community. As the Chamber enters its 78th year of service, we are thrilled that Daryl has come on board at such a pivotal time in the organization's history. 
    The Chamber stays committed to our mission to serve, promote, and represent local businesses and advocate for our members with local, county, and state governments. We believe that Daryl’s leadership and experience will guide the organization's mission and increase our impact as we move into this next chapter of the Chamber. 
    Daryl brings over 25 years of international and US-based nonprofit management and leadership experience to the Chamber. Throughout her career, she has sought and prioritized working with organizations that are impact-driven, collaborative, and dedicated to helping communities thrive.  
    “Sausalito holds a very special place in my heart. My family and I have lived and worked in the Sausalito community collectively for over 30 years. I am deeply inspired by the arts, cultural, and entrepreneurial spirit of the people of Sausalito, and I am honored and excited to lead the Chamber and be more involved in the local business community.” 
    Prior to joining the Chamber, Daryl founded DNA Advisory, a philanthropic consultancy company that advises nonprofits, mission-driven businesses, philanthropists, and family foundations to increase social impact. Her past experiences include working with LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program based in the administrations of Mayors Eric Garcetti & Antonio Villaraigosa (Los Angeles), the British Council, UK Mission to the United Nations (New York & London), Daniel Pearl International Journalism Institute (Israel) and served as Board Co-Chair for the Sakaide-Sausalito Sister Cities from 2017-2019 to increase local and national support and exposure for each organization. 
    Daryl looks forward to meeting all of you. Feel free to say hello, ask questions, and send ideas to Daryl directly.

  • 2023 Executive Board of Directors

  • Teresa Ancona, Chair

    Teresa Ancona was born in San Francisco and raised in Marin County. She attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco where she earned a degree in Graphic Design. Having worked at Angelino Restaurant since she was sixteen years old, she excels at managing the daily operations of a successful restaurant as well as introducing a new generation of customers to the delicious flavors and hospitable atmosphere of her family’s restaurant.
    Teresa joined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2020.
  • Melissa BlausteinAmy Svendberg, Incoming Chair

    Growing up in culture rich Chicago, IL, surrounded by culinary enthusiasts, it is no surprise that Amy Svendberg ended up leading a life in restaurants. Amy not only has a zest for food and wine, but also has experience in top-rated eateries around the world.
    After earning a bachelor’s degree in French Business and Translation from Northern Illinois University, Amy headed straight for Paris, where her true passion for food and hospitality came to life. After five years in the lively restaurant world of Paris, Amy returned home to Chicago, continuing her career in food and hospitality, including four years as the general manager at Kimpton Group’s Atwood Café. 
    In 2007, Amy made her move to San Francisco, where she started at the famed Grand Café and soon crossed paths with Larry Mindel. “I was originally drawn to work for Larry because of his great reputation in the restaurant industry, and the outstanding talent in their kitchens,” says Amy. She became managing partner of Poggio in January of 2008. In 2012, Amy added another role to her successful career, that of managing partner overseeing the opening and operations of Copita Tequileria y Comida.  In 2016, Amy led the opening of Convivo Restaurant and Bar in the Santa Barbara Inn. The acclaimed restaurant was featured in the New York Times' 52 Places to Visit in 2019.  Amy finds time to climb some of North America's highest peaks and spend quality time with family and friends.
    Amy joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2021.
  • Jessica Cox

    Jessica Norelli Cox, Director

    Jessica Norelli Cox is the owner of LOVEMARIN, a shop and landscape photography gallery where she produces imagery, handmade art and home décor, children’s clothing, and the designs for LOVEMARIN brand apparel and hats. 
    Part of Jessica’s mission through LOVEMARIN is to regularly give back to the community through donations of sales and artwork as well as volunteer service projects. Jessica actively involves local elementary and middle school students in hands-on service projects and partners with local organizations such as the Salvation Army and Marin County Parks.  
    A mother of two who grew up in Kentfield, Jessica has an educational and professional background in psychology and applied behavior analysis. With 20 years of experience providing therapy and consultation services in homes, schools, and residential care settings, Jessica implements a systematic and goal-oriented approach to problem solving in all areas of her work and personal life. When she isn’t busy working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders or creating products and photos for LOVEMARIN, Jessica enjoys coaching youth sports and spending time with her family outdoors in West Marin and Lake Tahoe. 
    Jessica joined the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors in 2022.

  • 2023 Board of Directors

  • Kim HuffKim Huff, Director

    Kim Huff is the President and CEO of Kimber Communications and Co-Owner of The Kimber Companies, a Sausalito headquartered firm specializing in graphic design for the print media and web sites. Kim is also co-owner of Kimber Management, LLC and Kimber Commercial Brokerage Services, Inc., both Sausalito based real estate firms.
    Ms. Huff is recognized as a talented graphic designer and a moving force in Sausalito. Kim is a lifelong Marin County resident and has been actively involved in Sausalito’s business and cultural life. Kim is a past President of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Sausalito Woman’s Club, past President of the Sausalito Schools Foundation, a founding Director of Willow Creek Academy and has served on numerous committees in the community.
    Under Kim’s direction, Kimber Communications has produced recognized promotional designs for the Tour de California, City of Sausalito, Kaiser Permanente, the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce, Zero Breast Cancer and many more organizations.
    Kim rejoined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2020 and has twice served as Chair of the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors.
  • Jim GabbertJames Gabbert, Next Century Enterprises

    Jim has lived in Sausalito since the early 1960′s, lived on a boat until the early 1990′s. He has been the Grand Marshall of the Sausalito Lighted Boat Parade for 20 of the 22 years first with his 85 ft Stephens Marine “Defiance” and also the 164 foot yacht Invader. Jim is known for his 50′s Dance Party on KOFY-TV20, which he owned up until 1998. He has been on San Francisco radio and TV for over 53 years.
    Among his many accomplishments, Jim is past president of the Sausalito Art Festival, was president and chief lobbyist for the National Radio Broadcasters Association from 1970 to 1980, was President and Chief lobbyist for the California Broadcasters Association, was inducted into the Broadcast Hall of Fame, received an award from President John Kennedy for having been the first successful stereo FM radio station in the country. He is the Chairman of the California State Emergency Communications Committee handling all of the State Amber Alerts and is a fill in talk show host on San Francisco’s KGO am 810 Radio. Jim is a founding member and Vice President of the Sausalito On The Waterfront Foundation.
    Jim joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2019 and served as Chair of the board in 2021.
  • Jeff Scharosch, Director

    Jeff Scharosch is General Manager of the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito, and  is an extremely active community member. He is a member of the Sausalito Hospitality Committee, on the Marin Economic Forum Board of Directors, served on the Sausalito Business Advisory Committee, and chaired the Sausalito Stage of the Amgen Tour of California bike race for four years, orchestrating the first professional bike race to ever cross the Golden Gate Bridge. He currently serves as  Vice-President of the Sausalito-On-The-Waterfront Foundation.
    In additional to Jeff’s work in Sausalito, he is an adjunct professor at the University of San Francisco’s Hospitality Industry Management Program, currently on the program’s executive board and is dedicated to mentoring youth and individuals within the hospitality industry, including an ongoing internship program at the Spinnaker Restaurant in Sausalito.
    He has twice served as chairman of the Sausalito Chamber of Commerce.
  • Patty Zevallos headshotPatty Zevallos, Director

    Patty Zevallos was born in Peru, grew up in San Francisco and is now a resident of Sausalito. She is the owner of Ms. Patty Productions & Events. A small one-woman production company focusing on all Event logistics from small intimate dinners to large multi-day events for thousands. She has years of experience coordinating and managing projects including show productions and fundraisers for various organizations.  Due to the pandemic, Patty returned to her first love: early childhood education.
    As a former owner of Ms. Patty's Home Preschool (2005-2015), she has helped educate dozens of preschoolers in San Francisco and is currently enjoying working with a new generation of children and parents during these confusing times. Patty is a single mother of an adult son who has recently graduated from college and is a professional golfer and golf instructor in the Chicago area. Ms. Patty truly enjoys volunteering and supporting her Community.
    She is a new member of the Sausalito Woman's Club, a volunteer with the Sausalito Sister Cities-Vina del Mar and a long time Board Member at Project Commotion-a children's organization in San Francisco. Patty joined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2021.
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