Our Story

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Heather Shannon and Allison Salzer, Co- Founders of ThinkMarin are Marin parents who have needed tutors and educational support for one or more of their kids at various times over the years.  The resources are there, but sometimes hard to find.  They decided a very personalized network of tutors, test prep professionals, and educational consultants would be a valued resource in Marin where supporting children’s education is held in the highest regard. Through their own experience and research they found the tutors who were the most successful were the teachers who teach the subject every day.

Heather and Allison are committed to sharing resources with the community to give our students the support they need to reach their educational goals.  To ensure they are able to support ALL students in the county, ThinkMarin provides scholarships on a sliding scale to those who qualify for financial aid.

Allison Salzer lives in Kentfield with her husband and 3 daughters.  Before starting ThinkMarin, Allison was in the financial industry for 25 years where she worked on the institutional bond desk for various Wall Street firms.  She can be found on Marin trails, hiking with her dog or biking with her family.   

Heather Shannon lives in Corte Madera with her 2 daughters.   Before starting ThinkMarin, Heather spent 20 plus years in non profit management with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, managing a national fundraising program called Team In Training.  Outside of work, she enjoys time with her family and friends, the Marin outdoors and travel.