Marc grew up up about 5 miles from Hidden Villa in the family-friendly town of Los Altos. After completing his degree, Marc worked as a grassroots organizer and directed campaign offices advocating for environmental protection and human rights. Upon moving back to the area in 2005, he joined the team at Hidden Villa and has served in a series of roles in program delivery, fundraising, and administration. These roles included being the Community Programs Manager, Director of Visitor Services, and the Senior Director of Programs. Marc returned to his fundraising roots in 2020 to serve in his current role. Throughout his campaign work, Marc observed that most people’s support for environmental protection and human rights could be traced back to formative experiences with the natural world and an appreciation for the interconnected web of life. Hidden Villa was where Marc developed his own love of ecology in his youth and, when he saw a job posting to join the staff, he couldn’t resist the opportunity to return to his own source of inspiration and dedicate his career to facilitating similar, value-forming experiences for youth at Hidden Villa. Marc’s favorite things to do at Hidden Villa include making mineral paint from rocks in Adobe Creek, weeding with volunteers in the agriculture fields, hiking the Toyon Hill Loop with his family (especially during the winter when there is so much fungus among us), giving tours, and continually learning from his fellow Villans. Marc’s favorite mission related book is Josephine Duveneck’s Autobiography, Life on Two Levels.
Marc Sidel (he/him)
Deputy Director of Development