Kennedy, Meurer Join CFMC Board

Kennedy, Meurer Join CFMC Board

A former city manager and a seasoned attorney with vast experience in business and nonprofit law have joined the Community Foundation for Monterey County (CFMC) Board of Directors.

The new board members are Nolan M. Kennedy and Fred Meurer.

Kennedy, of Monterey, is a Monterey attorney and founding partner of Kennedy, Archer & Giffen. He has been practicing law on the Monterey Peninsula for more than 44 years specializing in the areas of business, nonprofit, real estate and healthcare law.

I am proud to be part of an organization which does such great work in inspiring giving and building our community,” Kennedy said.

The Monterey County Bar Association recognized Kennedy in 2015 with the Gibson Award, given to recognize legal achievement and distinguished community service. His community service includes having served for six years on the board of the Monterey Peninsula College Foundation; past board member of the United Way Monterey County, Carmel Bach Festival, the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and Volunteers in Action.

He is a graduate of Baylor University in Texas and the University of California Hastings College of the Law. While in law school, Mr. Kennedy received the Order of the Coif and was a member and managing editor of the Hastings Law Journal.

DanBaldwinNolan and Fred bring a combination of commitment, experience and vision to the CFMC board. We look forward to working with them to help strengthen our communities through philanthropy.  – Dan Baldwin, CFMC President/CEO

Meurer, a retired Army Colonel and former Monterey City Manager is principal of Meurer Municipal Consulting, LLC which providing consulting services to the Panetta Institute, Booz Allen Hamilton and EDF Energy. He retired from the City of Monterey in 2013 after 27 years.

While City Manager, Meurer worked to diversify the city’s economy and is credited with establishing working relationships between business districts, residential districts and the city. He oversaw the re-development of the city’s residential neighborhoods and business districts, neighborhood policing, waterfront acquisition, the main street program, tourism development, historic preservation programs and development of the education and research economic clusters. He is a 1966 West Point graduate and has graduate degrees from Stanford University in Water Resources Planning and Civil Engineering.

I’ve always been impressed with the Foundation’s ability to mobilize what is good in our community to address local needs. I hope to contribute to that effort,” said Meurer.

 2017 Community Foundation for Monterey County Board Members

Back (l to r): Fred Meurer, Jeff Eikenberry, Kenneth Wright, Rick Kennifer, Steve McGowan, Bill Mitchell, Birt Johnson, Jr., Catherine Kobrinsky Evans, Nolan Kennedy, Ken Petersen, Greg Chilton, William Sharpe Front (l to r): Anna Marie Ponce, Patti Hiramoto, Betsey Pearson, Betsy Buchalter Adler, Tina Starkey Lopez, Teri Belli, Erica Padilla-Chavez, Ida Lopez Chan

Steve McGowan (Chair)
Former CFO & EVP of Corporate Resources, Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Kenneth Petersen, CFP (Vice Chair)
President, Monterey Private Wealth
Teri Belli, CPA (Treasurer)
Owner, tBelli Business Consulting and Advising
Kenneth Wright (Secretary)
Community Volunteer, Retired California Highway Patrol
Betsy Buchalter Adler
Trustee and Program Officer, Claire Giannini Fund
Ida Lopez Chan
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo Bank
Greg Chilton
Attorney at Law, Chilton & House, LLP
Jeff Eikenberry
Former Senior Vice President, Jackson Family Wine
Catherine Kobrinsky Evans
Partner, The Kobrinsky Group
Patti Hiramoto, Ed.D.
AVP Inclusive Excellence, Chief Diversity Officer, CSU Monterey Bay
Birt Johnson, Jr.
Community Volunteer; former General Manager AT&T
Nolan Kennedy
Attorney at Law, Kennedy, Archer & Giffen
Rick Kennifer
Attorney at Law, Johnson, Fantl & Kennifer
Tina Starkey Lopez
Owner, JV Automobiles
Fred Meurer
Owner, Meurer Consulting
Bill Mitchell
Managing Director, Carmel Realty Company
Erica Padilla-Chavez
CEO, Pajaro Valley Prevention and Student Assistance
Betsey Pearson
Nonprofit Consultant, Former VP Development United Way
Anna Marie Ponce
Owner, Sun Valley Berries, LLC
William Sharpe
Economist, STANCO 25 Professor of Finance, Emeritus at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business

About the Community Foundation for Monterey County

The mission of the CFMC is to inspire philanthropy and be a catalyst for strengthening communities throughout Monterey County. Thanks to generous community members who have created charitable funds in their lifetimes or through their estates, the CFMC has granted more than $150 million to nonprofits working towards healthy, safe, vibrant communities. In 2016 alone the foundation awarded more than $15.4 million in grants to hundreds of nonprofit organizations. For more information visit, call 831.375.9712 or stay connected at or