Board of Directors
Juli Vieira, CEO
The Sausalito Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce Juli Vieira as the new CEO and President of the organization. Ms.Vieira took the helm at the Chamber June 1, moving to the Bay Area from Hollister where she served for 4 years as the CEO of the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. Under her leadership there, membership increased 84%, event revenue increased 47%, and successful county tourism marketing campaigns were launched. She has extensive expertise in social media and built two websites for the Chamber that dramatically enhanced traffic on both sites. She previously worked in the banking and insurance industries and has been an active volunteer in the San Benito County community where she was named “Woman of the Year” in 2013.
“We are delighted to welcome Juli to Sausalito and look forward to working with her” said Chairman of the Chamber Board Jeff Scharosch. “She is an experienced professional who will bring new energy and enthusiasm to our organization, as we look to take it to the next level.”
2018 Executive Board of Directors
Jeff Scharosch, Chairman
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 and is pleased to be able to serve as Chairman in 2018.
Jill Giordano, Immediate Past Chair
Jill Giordano is the owner & designer behind gr.dano, a women’s clothing line known for its modern, unique, and architecturally-inspired designs.
Jill learned to sew to make her vintage fashion finds fit her perfectly. Together, Jill and her partner Brian do everything for their clothing line, from designing and sketching to delivering finished pieces to the retailers. Both are hands-on craftspeople, who insure that every detail of every piece is perfect. “Our clothes are so personal because we’ve touched every piece—we’re not sketching and taking a bow at the end of the runway.”
gr.dano was awarded Small Business of the Year in 2014 and Jill joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2015.
Marjorie Thomas, Treasurer
Marjorie chose to come and live in Sausalito in May 2011, having found her perfect place to live, when she cycled across the Golden Gate Bridge in 2009. She has over 25 years of international board level experience in the finance industry (Gibraltar, Switzerland, Cayman Islands, Britain). Originating from Jersey, Channel Islands, she left the world of scientific research after attaining her Master’s Degree in South Africa. Upon joining the financial services industry in Jersey, she studied for her Trustee Diploma and has continued over the years to increase her broad knowledge base. While working in Jersey for Chase she served as President of the Institute of Bankers. Then while in Grand Cayman setting up a new company for an international service provider, she became involved in Rotary and was appointed to their board. Her current memberships include: STEP, IFS, BABC and BBS.
Coming to Sausalito was in part a decision to achieve a change of pace from the high pressure and long hours she had been used to. She is co-owner and CFO of Agile Marine LLC, looking after the financial aspects and regulatory side of the business. She also provides non-executive director, consulting and management development services to Bay Area organizations. An avid cyclist, you’ll often see her on Bridgeway, heading to or from coffee.
Marjorie joined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2014.
Christanne Gallagher, Secretary
Chris has been at the Bay Model since 1986 and has served in the capacity of Manager since 2001. In that time she overseen a $16.5 million renovation to the facility and increased partnerships within the community. She is proud to be working with fellow Chamber members: Sea Trek and Call of the Sea who operate the vessels Seaward & Matthew Turner which was launched in 2017.
Chris served on the Chamber Board from 2009-14 serving as President in 2010 and Secretary and member-at-large in subsequent years. After an obligatory one year hiatus she returned to the Board to serve as Secretary. In addition to those duties she serves on the executive, nominating & mixer committees. In addition to her Chamber role she is also involved in the community serving on the Business Advisory Committee, General Plan Committee and is a member of the VIPS (Volunteers in Public Safety) and the Rotary Club of Sausalito.
Christopher Holbrook, Member at Large
Christopher was born and raised in Sausalito. He owns Studio 333, located on Caledonia Street, the Bay Area’s largest fine art and event gallery, Studio 333 Downtown and most recently has opened a new location in Boulder Colorado. Christopher is very involved in the community. He currently serves on the Sausalito Business Advisory Committee, hosts many fundraisers, art shows and coaches both baseball and football at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. Christopher enjoys camping, snowboarding, going to flea markets and spending time with his son, Devin.
Christopher joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2014.
2018 Board of Directors
Bridget Edwards, Director
Bridget Edwards was born in Arizona raised in the Scottsdale area where later she attended college and studied in the broadcast journalism field. Bridget also studied fashion as a side passion and later relocated to the Los Angeles area where she became involved in the process of wholesale apparel and design work in the fashion industry.
Living in Santa Monica and traveling Europe for the best fashion has to offer for design. She eventually settled in the San Francisco Bay Area and went to work for herself with a cosmetic company she helped co create. Oberon cosmetics still fabulous today. Bridget worked for fashion and cosmetic companies throughout the years loving the Bay Area. She is now working as a team manager for a Bay Area retailer Barcelino per Donna in Sausalito while also working as a full time fashion stylist for team Barcelino and for private clients with Sugar Magnolia and The Powder Room in Marin."I love our fabulous Sausalito it is where I will be settled for good here in all our beauty. We are very lucky to call this home".
Bridget joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2017.
Chris Grimm, Director
Chris Grimm is the owner of Essential Kitchen Design (EKD), a kitchen and bath design and remodeling company know for creative problem solving. Chris began EKD in 1997 and has helped home owners, Architects and Contractors with hundreds of successful projects. He has been featured on HGTV, San Jose Magazine and Houzz. Since moving to Sausalito in 2013, Chris has participated in Sailing, The Sausalito Art Festival, Chamber of Commerce, Bocce Ball.
Chris joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2018.
Lisa Scopazzi, Director
Lisa is a resident of Marin County where her husband, John Scopazzi, is a general contractor, and together, Lisa and John have three thriving children. Lisa runs the Five Stars Yacht, a charter yacht business she owns with her husband John. In 2016, Lisa and her husband started their latest business Sausalito Bike Return, helping visitors arriving by bike rental an easy return of their bicycle back to San Francisco, enabling the traveler more time to devote to experiencing Sausalito. When she’s not cruising the Bay or helping tourist bikers in Sausalito, you’ll find Lisa enjoying traveling, and hiking the gorgeous trails of Marin with her dog Kasey.
Lisa joined the Sausalito Board of Directors in 2014 , and was the chairwoman during the year 2016.
Katya Wittenstein, Director
Raised along the stunning Pacific coastal environs of Santa Barbara and has lived and traveled widely abroad, studying many forms of artistic expression and design including painting, sculpture, and glass before ultimately concentrating on glass jewelry. The daughter of physicians and artists, her heritage and interest in poetry, history, ancient and modern style evolution is visible in her work today, from the shape of the sculpted metallic settings to the curve, arc, and glisten of the glass that is always the center of her work. Each piece she creates is one part Katya, and one part the natural spontaneity that take place as the glass, the metal, and the inspiration of the idea meld together in kiln and studio. Her elegant cutter-rigged sailboat, which is docked within walking distance of her studio, is where she spends the rest of her time, and on which she has traveled far and wide.
Katya joined the Sausalito Chamber Board of Directors in 2015.