Related Experience

Marianne is recognized nationally for her experience in shared “Golden Girls” homes. She is also knowledgeable about intentional neighborhood models, such as cohousing. Cohousing are socially and environmentally sustainable communities created by the future residents. Cohousing originated in Denmark in the 1970’s and an American version was brought to the U.S. in 1988 with the publishing of the book Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves (Ten Speed Press) by architects Kathryn McCamant and Charles Durrett. There are more than 125 completed cohousing neighborhoods in North America and hundreds worldwide.

Marianne is a Certified Senior Cohousing Facilitator and Trainer by Charles Durrett, co-founder of the U.S. cohousing movement (Nevada City, CA). She completed training in the Cohousing Development Process from Abraham Paiss & Associates and the Elder Cohousing Network (Boulder, CO), and she has worked with the ElderSpirit Extension Program (Abingdon, VA), a model for affordable rental cohousing neighborhoods. In addition, she has visited numerous cohousing communities across the U.S. and has attended and presented at National Cohousing Conferences.

Additional Background
Prior to her involvement in innovative housing solutions for Boomer women, Marianne worked from 1980 to 2005 in Human Resources where she was an HR Director at Hi Tech companies in Silicon Valley, CA. She feels her 25 years as a business owner and recruiter ideally equips her to “nudge” others who are seeking creative ways to live and age in community.

She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management from California State University at Chico. Please click here for a downloadable bio on Marianne.

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