Joan Bennett is a practicing attorney and a fifth generation San Franciscan, who grew up in Kentfield. Weaned on politics and activism by her family, at an early age, Ms. Bennett has been involved in local political issues in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. Her experiences in local public service include being past Chairperson of the Committee to Save King Mountain, a member of the 1999-2000 Marin Municipal Water District Citizens Advisory Committee, working to find long term solutions to Marin’s water supply and overall District challenges, director of the Tamalpais Conservation Club, Ross (2005-present), director of the Trails Preservation Council, Mill Valley, and past President of the College of Marin Foundation (2012).
Joan worked in the Criminal Appellate Division of the Office of the Attorney General, State of California, San Francisco, before founding the Law Offices of Bennett & Bennett in San Francisco, in 1985, specializing in insurance, personal injury and real property claims. From 1994 to 1999, she served as House Counsel to State Farm Insurance Company first San Francisco office, and then went on to found the Law Offices of Joan P. Bennett in 1999 in San Francisco. In her career she has been involved in numerous trials and overseen hundreds of cases on a broad spectrum of issues. Ms. Bennett is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with honors, with a B. A. in history, minor in European art history, and holds post graduate degree from Hastings College of the Law.