As a relative newcomer to Marin, understanding its history has been great. The past is ever-present and part of what Sallie Huntting ensures prevails at the Marin History Museum.
What do you do? I’m the executive director of the Marin History Museum.
Where do you live? Sausalito, overlooking the bay, Angel Island, Belvedere, Tiburon and Mt. Tam.
How long have you lived in Marin? 50 great years with a smile and appreciation.
Where can we find you when you’re not at work? Meeting with friends for breakfast or coffee at Poggio. Having lunch at the Spinnaker with its incredible views, and having a Mexican dinner at Saylor’s, or Italian food at Angelino’s or Scoma’s.
If you had to convince someone how awesome Marin is, where would you take them? I would take them for a tour of the Marin Headlands, Mt. Tam, the Marin History Museum at the Boyd Gate House (of course), buy a book about Marin at Sausalito Books By The Bay, and while you’re there, take in the Sausalito Historical Society Ice House Museum. If it’s a Friday night, then go to Sausalito’s downtown music venue to enjoy “Jazz by the Bay” for a picnic and great entertainment. And, there is always the Mill Valley Film Festival.
What’s one thing Marin is missing? The gravity train from Mill Valley to the top of Mt. Tam.
What’s one bit of advice you’d share with your fellow Marinites? Believe in yourself and don’t be afraid to try something new.
If you could invite anyone to a special dinner, who would they be? Robert Redford, Maya Angelou, Bob Woodward and Louise Arner Boyd.
What is some advice you wish you knew 20 years ago? A lot of people have wished they could have told me how terrified they were about my driving and that I should take public transit.
What is something that in 20 years from now will seem cringeworthy? Don’t get me started about the “how people dress” issue. A couple of years ago, I took a lot of clothes to a consignment shop and they said, “I’m sorry, but we don’t take vintage designer items.”
Big question. What is one thing you’d do to change the world? Try to get everyone to be kind.
Learn more about the Marin History Museum at marinhistory.org.
Nish Nadaraja was on the founding team at Yelp, serves on the San Anselmo Arts Commission and attempts to play pickleball at Fairfax’s Cañon Club.