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A Spotlight on Our Donors: Ken and Christina Waldeck

July 20, 2022

For more than 20 years, Ken and Christina Waldeck have brought upbeat, infectious enthusiasm to their support for MALT, as major donors and active volunteers.

It all began in 1997 when Christina was attending a 22-week Environmental Forum of Marin (EFM) program. During a course taught by Phyllis Faber, a co-founder of both MALT and EFM, Phyllis took the students on a daylong field trip to the Straus Family Dairy, where MALT’s other co-founder, Ellen Straus, “had coffee and homemade pie waiting for 40 people,” Christina said.

After spending the day at the dairy, learning about MALT from its two founders, Christina was sold. Ken, who had taken the EFM course the previous year, was already sold. “We live in Marin, we love where we live, and we believe deeply in the mission of MALT and want to see it continue in perpetuity,” Ken said.

Christina, an amateur musician who emcees and sings at charity events, and Ken, retired from his private dental practice, added MALT to the local environmental and arts organizations they support as donors and volunteers.

They also included MALT—”one of a very few, close-to-our-hearts recipients,” said Ken — to their trust. “MALT has made it feasible for farms to exist in Marin County, and we want to invest in the ability to maintain those farms,” said Christina.

“MALT and the farmers do the hard work. We’re here to serve as best we can.” To learn more about the many ways you can support MALT’s work, visit malt.org/ways-to-give