Combining Purpose with Passion
Rowan Smith runs the internal audit department at Bank of Marin, where he finds himself in the unique position of ensuring that the Bank adapts to new risks and regulatory requirements while maintaining the organization’s unique culture. In his words, “it is important that how we serve the community and the values that we hold” remain consistent.
What he finds most rewarding is working with people at every level of the Bank, reminding him on a daily basis that “this is a very human enterprise. Across the board, Bank of Marin is the most ethical organization I’ve ever worked with. ”
Since 2015, Rowan has been on the Board of Buckelew Programs, a San Rafael-based non-profit organization that provides support annually for more than 10,000 teens and adults experiencing mental health and/or substance use challenges in Marin, Napa and Sonoma Counties. Among their many valuable services, Buckelew runs a suicide prevention program.
“I was drawn to this work because many members of my family have dealt with similar issues. It makes me feel good to put my business knowledge to work for the benefit of an organization that makes such a big impact in the community.”
Rowan greatly appreciates the Bank’s support for his volunteer work, which includes Buckelew’s annual fundraising event, Marinscapes, a 4-day event beginning on June 21st. “In addition to this being a great event to raise awareness and funding for Buckelew, board members get involved as bartenders, construction workers and support staff at the gala evening. It is one of my favorite ways to really serve the organization and give back.”
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