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Bank of Marin Appoints Brian Sobel as New Chairman

Experienced business leader to head community bank board

NOVATO, CA – (May 19, 2015) – The Board of Directors of Bank of Marin Bancorp (NASDAQ: BMRC) has appointed Brian Sobel to become chairman of its two Boards of Directors (collectively, the “Board”), effective May 14, 2015.  Sobel has served as a director for 14 years.  In this role, he is a member of the executive, nominating and governance committees, and chair of the compensation committee.  Sobel replaces Stuart Lum who brings extensive business expertise to the Board and will remain a director.

As the principal consultant of Sobel Communications of Petaluma, a media and governmental relations firm he has led for more than 25 years, Sobel has extensive experience in the corporate and public sectors.  He is a current member of the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District Board of Directors and was formerly chairman of the Sonoma County Transportation Authority.

Sobel also served for ten years as a member and one term as president of the 4th Agricultural District Board of Directors, and is past president of the Board of Directors of the Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce.  He has also served as a planning commissioner and vice mayor of Petaluma, and was a candidate for the California State Assembly.

“Brian has been very engaged in all significant areas of the Board and I am confident that his leadership will serve the Bank and our shareholders very well,” said Russell A. Colombo, President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We will benefit greatly from his relevant business experience and his passion for what we do for our customers and the community.”

Educated at San Francisco State University, Sobel is an authority in military history.  He has authored two books and an anthology, and has contributed to numerous articles that have appeared in national publications including The Wall Street Journal, among others.