Patty Garbarino

Patty GarbarinoMarin Sanitary Service President
Patty Garbarino is a ground-breaking national leader in her field and in the community. Patty has blazed new trails in a heretofore male-dominated industry serving as president of Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Recycling Center, and Marin Resource Recovery Center, and continued that trailblazing as the first woman president of the California Refuse Recycling Council.

Her background in the education field has been a major benefit to Marin Sanitary Service’s Public Education Program. In fact, Patty worked closely with her father, Joseph, in establishing the company’s Environmental Classroom and its ongoing outreach to environmental organizations and public and private schools in Marin County.

Marin Sanitary Service, Marin Recycling Center, and Marin Resource Recovery Center have been lauded by the California Integrated Waste Management Board as having the highest recycling rate in California since 2002, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors acknowledged Marin Sanitary Service as Business of the Year in 2006. In 2014, Marin Sanitary Service was honored with the Leaders of the North Bay “Paint the Town Green” Environmental Achievement Award.

Patty’s leadership extends far beyond her profession. Patty has been recognized for her civic and community contributions, including being inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame, honored with a Women in Business Award for Environmental Service; and Citizen of the Year by the City of San Rafael.

Patty currently sits on the Marin County Office of Education Board, served two terms and was chair twice of the Marin County Planning Commission, and chaired six school parcel tax and bond measures over the span of 20 years. Beyond that, she has served on the Lifehouse Board for over three decades, serving twice as Board Chair. She also served on the Marin Conservation League Board for almost a decade. Patty now serves on the Lifehosue Advisory Council.

Patty Garbarino is an exemplary model for Profiles in Leadership, demonstrating leadership in all aspects of her life. She shows courage, determination, grace, and passion in all that she does. As an educator, entrepreneur, environmentalist, and civic activist, Patty has led the North Bay to be a better place to live and work.