Mary Kay Sweeney, executive director of Homeward Bound, was honored by the State Assembly as Woman of the Year for the 10th District in a March 6 ceremony to mark Women’s History Month.
Assemblymember Marc Levine chose Mary Kay as his honoree for the event, which included a presentation at the Capitol for women from every legislative district.
“Dr. Sweeney is a leader in our fight to end homelessness in Marin County,” Levine said, citing the recently opened Oma Village program as a model approach to this critical issue.
“Her work to leverage funds from government, charities, and the building industry to complete the project is an example of how we can care for the neediest in our community,” he said.
“I’m honored and humbled,” Mary Kay said, accepting “on behalf of all who work passionately to end homelessness in our community.”
Since joining Homeward Bound more than two decades ago, Mary Kay has led the agency to develop innovative programs and generate revenue along with goodwill via social enterprises like The Key Room event venue and Wagster Treats dog biscuits.
Homeward Bound has more than doubled its capacity under her stewardship, now serving 550 people every night in 15 shelter and housing programs. Last year, she was inducted into the Marin Women’s Hall of Fame.