About Systems Thinking Marin


To raise awareness about, and adoption of, systems thinking in Marin County, in all sectors.


  1. To help Marin County to become more conscious of itself (Theory U reference).

  2. To promote great ideas that improve the quality of life for everyone in Marin County.

  3. To raise the level of consciousness in our local systems (Theory U reference).

Informational Slides and Video

Exploratory slide deck outlining the background thinking  and major frames of reference that inform Systems Thinking Marin, it’s mission, objectives, and possible projects.

Brief overview of Systems Thinking Marin.


Felicia Chavez with camera in front of a blue wall

Felicia I. Chavez


Felicia has been a resident of Marin County since 1995. She completed her B.A in Psychology at Dominican (1999), and a Green MBA (2007). Most recently she has earned a PhD in Mythological Studies at Pacifica Graduate Institute. Her dissertation title is Sustainability and Spirituality: Common Threads and Common Threats. Felicia is a sustainability consultant, and is passionate about scientific literacy, direct spiritual experience, and a systems thinking approach to sustainability. As of June 2018, Felicia is president of the local chapter of the United Nations Association, Marin.

Felicia’s systems thinking training is varied. Whilst a student in the Green MBA program, Felicia first learned about the field from Bruce McKenzie, who calls his particular expertise “systemics.” Later as a PhD student, Felicia incorporated systems thinking into her dissertation, drawing largely from Fritjof Capra and Pier Luigi Luisi’s The Systems View of Life, and later completed the Capra Course. Felicia has also completed the Presencing Institute’s Foundation Training (Theory U), and +Acumen’s Omidyar Group systems mapping training.

Felicia has worked with a variety of for-profit and non-profit entities, and is no stranger to public service. Her experience includes working for the California League of Conservation Voters, serving as the staff representative to the board for two years. From 2002-03 she was the Associate Director of the Marin Cancer Project, working with Judi Shills to establish a 501(c)(3), and to recruit 2,000 volunteers who knocked on 65,000 doors in Marin. She has also worked as a consultant to corporate clients, including Autodesk and Delta Dental, helping them to implement more sustainable practices. Recently, in addition to earning her PhD, Felicia has built websites, including LifeLikeHoney.net, and IntroductionToSustainability.com. Currently she volunteers with the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL).

To learn more, visit www.feliciachavez.com.

The Eagles

i.e., “Advisory Board”

Eagles are an icon of far-sight and inspiration. Their perspective from high up enables them to offer laser-like insights that only they can offer. Not only can they see “something the size of a rabbit at more than three miles away” (Ref), but they can also see 360 degrees, and perceive a greater range of the color spectrum than us mere humans (Ref to a commercial site that nevertheless offers great insights on this topic).

* Thank you to Eagle Ann Blake for the inspiration to migrate from the generic “Advisory Board” title to something more inspirational.

Tricia Tanoury

Founding Advisory Board Member

Tricia has resided in Marin County since 2008. She is a long-time supporter of community groups and arts organization in Marin, Sonoma, and San Mateo County, and beyond. Tricia is a business owner and social entrepreneur, investor, and real estate manager. Tricia has worked to make her home in Mill Valley more sustainable with rainwater catchment, solar panels, and an electric vehicle. When Tricia is not participating in Systems Thinking Marin, she is perhaps spending time with her 90-year-old father who resides in San Rafael, hiking with her dog, Molly, tending her small farm in Healdsburg, or attending the Mill Valley Film Festival, which she also supports.

Ann Blake

Advisory Board Member

[Bio will be provided.]