Howard Marguleas joined the Board of Directors at the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation in August of 1999. It was a very exciting time for Parasol as a new collaboration had been formed between the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Incline Village General Improvement District and Parasol to design and build the Donald W. Reynolds Community Non-Profit Center. Parasol’s Board would be involved in this collaborative venture.
Marguleas was already prominent in the field of agriculture when he joined Parasol. He was the co-founder of Sun World International, Inc. and instrumental in helping Sun World achieve status as a worldwide marketer and breeder of unique produce commodities including premium citrus, seedless grapes, sweet red peppers, stone fruits and other distinctive fruits and vegetables, as well as mangoes. During his agricultural career Marguleas was named “Man of the Year” by The Packer, the industry’s leading publication.
Parasol was not the only board Marguleas served on. He was a trustee for 33 years for Claremont McKenna College, a shareholder and director of the Irvine Company for 18 years, and the founding chairman of the American Cancer Society Foundation of the United States in 1992 as well as a board member of the U. C. Davis graduate business school for 15 years.
“My most gratifying experience was serving on the Parasol Board,” Marguleas said. “During the time I served I was able to witness a great spirit of giving from the Incline Village residents and especially from those serving on the Board of Parasol led by Chairman Warren Trepp to help those less fortunate in the community.”
Marguleas said he is most proud of the non-profit organizations located in the DWR Center and how it is one of the most vibrant community non-profit centers in the country. The DWR Center fosters a “one-stop” service delivery system for clients, volunteers and service providers. It provides an opportunity to access a variety of programs from human services and individual/family support to education support services as well as arts and cultural events and allows nonprofits the opportunity to reduce their overhead expenses and increase their efficiency, effectiveness and capacity.
After 12 years of dedicated service to Parasol’s board, Marguleas decided to step down. He had been an active participant, provided financial support and helped Parasol grow and evolve into the successful organization it is today.
“Howard’s ideas and opinions showed a great deal of insight into the many issues and problems that the Board faced during his tenure,” Claudia Andersen, CEO of Parasol said. “His dedicated service and leadership have been invaluable.”
To recognize his service, Parasol’s Board elected Marguleas to the status of Emeritus Board Member within the Parasol Tahoe Community Foundation when he decided to step down. He joins a distinguished list of 16 other Emeritus members.
Marguleas retired from his agricultural career and is now enjoying time with his wife Ardith in Rancho Mirage, California.