Advisory Group

CO$T Advisory Group

Advisory Group members provide important assistance to CO$T on specific projects or activities. Advisory members’ expertise and experience allow them to make valuable contributions.

Larry Anderson’s lifelong interest in economics underpin his contributions to CO$T. A former Mill Valley school board member, Larry contributes valuable perspective on the challenges facing our schools and a passion for working toward cooperative solutions.

Mike Arnold’s economics career, which has spanned several decades, focuses on the measurement of financial risk in the banking industry. In 2004, he formed ALCO Partners, a firm specializing on measurement of financial risk at US banks. Mike has taught economics at UC Berkeley and Dominican University’s Life Long Learning Program. Mike co-chaired two campaigns to prevent funding SMART with sales taxes. Over 100 of his op-eds on local economic issues have been published in Marin newspapers.

Tamara Hull. Tamara Hull is a CPA with a passion for, and extensive expertise with, nonprofits and local politics. She serves on the boards of several nonprofits and has helped many nonprofits with their formation process and the required reporting and governance. For everyone else, she is always looking for ways to reduce the tax burden.

Susan Kirsch is a leader in Marin’s citizen activist community.  Her dedication to sound process, cooperative endeavor, and transparency defines her experiences as a consultant to nonprofits; founder of Livable California, a statewide organization addressing housing legislation;  founder of Citizen Marin; chair of Marin Coalition (2013-16); and as a strong 2016 challenger for Marin County Board of Supervisors.  Susan enjoys convening, problem solving and cultivating goodwill.

John Parulis is a consultant with construction organizations, a past director of Marin Cove Homeowners Association and a life long community and environmental activist, with web, web media and graphic design experience.

Linda Pfeifer is a former two-term Sausalito City Councilmember (2008-2016), Arts Commissioner, and Sausalito Chamber of Commerce Board Member. She advocates for transparency, pension reform, local control, and preservation. Pfeifer has a Doctor of Education from the University of San Francisco, is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, and serves as Secretary for the nonprofit, Open Space Sausalito.

Charles (Chuck) Reite of Tiburon brings to CO$T an extensive legal background spanning 45 years, including 25 years as a trial attorney and mediator as well as a Military Trial Judge and U.S. Administrative Law Judge. Chuck served the Navy for 36 years as a Flight Officer and reserve JAG (Judge Advocate General legal corps).

John (Hutch) Turner is the driving force behind Novato.Exposed, an online forum focusing on issues, politics, and opinion in that community.  Hutch owns a small firm specializing in the chemical/biomolecular engineering field.  His involvement in Novato civic affairs includes Neighbors for Novato and regular blog posts that provide perspective to CO$T’s activities.

Bruce Vogen, spent his career working in and around the magazine, catalog, and direct mail publishing industries both in sales and project management.  After leaving the workforce, Bruce dedicated his time to understanding how representative democracy works at the local level.  This “walkabout” ultimately led to his serving as an alternate on the 2018 Marin County Civil Grand Jury, where he saw first-hand how critical transparency and accountability are to protecting the public’s interest.  Bruce spent the better part of four years researching telecommunications (internet) policy in Marin and shares his knowledge with government agencies and members of the public as often as he can.  Bruce has sold and used complex publishing production software, helped his company develop its first order management system, and has a working knowledge of the types of Customer Relationship Management software used  by non-profit organizations.