Press Release

Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) Announces Leadership Change

December 30, 2021

Jennifer Carlin takes the reins as CEO Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., steps down 

POINT REYES STATION, Calif., December 30, 2021 — The Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT), a pioneering farmland trust in California’s Marin County, has promoted Jennifer Carlin, MALT’s director of advancement, to lead the organization as acting CEO. Former CEO Thane Kreiner, Ph.D., resigned this week.

“We appreciate the ideas and vision that Thane brought to MALT, building on the foundation created by many stakeholders over the last 40+ years,” said Robert McGee, chair of MALT’s board of directors and longtime board member. 

Carlin brings 20 years of experience leading teams of people at organizations creating impact around environmental issues, education, and health. 

In pursuing MALT’s foundational mission to permanently protect Marin’s agricultural land for agricultural use, Carlin will prioritize the closing of new agricultural conservation easements and the ongoing care for Marin’s working farms and ranches, through MALT’s Stewardship Assistance Program (SAP) and the Drought Resilience and Water Security (DRAWS) initiative.

“We will have the benefit of Jennifer’s leadership while we conduct a search for a permanent CEO,” McGee said. “Coming on the heels of a recent infusion of new board members and new energy on the MALT board, we look forward to what she and the team will be able to accomplish in the months ahead.”

“I’m excited to continue working with the staff, board and MALT’s supporters and partners—including our farmers and ranchers, other nonprofits and the greater Marin community—to amplify the voices of those who work so hard to care for the land and produce healthy, locally grown food for us all to enjoy,” Carlin said.

About MALT

Marin Agricultural Land Trust is a nonprofit organization created in 1980 to permanently preserve Marin County farmland and establish Marin County as a thriving and inclusive agricultural community in a healthy and diverse natural environment. Some of the Bay Area’s most highly acclaimed dairy and meat products and organic crops are produced on farmland protected by MALT, which totals more than 54,000 acres. To learn more about MALT, visit


For further information, contact:

Colleen Martell

Martell Communications for MALT