Tiburon’s Ferry Godmother Named Citizen of the Year 2014
Maggie McDonogh, President & CEO of the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Company, honored as Tiburon’s business citizen of the year
Margaret McDonogh, President & CEO of the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company, is Tiburon’s 2014 Business Citizen of the Year.
McDonogh, fondly known Captain Maggie in Tiburon, continues her family’s dedication to making Angel Island accessible to as many people as possible. The Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry Company is the last remaining family owned and operated ferry service in California, and Captain Maggie takes pride in running what many have called a “heritage run,” following the route between Tiburon and Angel Island taken by 4 generations of the McDonogh family, who have ferried passengers since 1870. Maggie is dedicated to preserving the natural beauty and historic landmarks of the island, supporting the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and many local living history groups.
Community involvement is an important part of Captain Maggie’s mission to serve the public. She regularly donates her time and her vessels to schools, community and charitable causes - Big Brothers and Big Sisters, the Spirit of Uganda, Hospice by the Bay, the Susan Komen Race for Cure, the Marine Mammal Center’s Adopt-A-Seal® program, American Red Cross, the CVNL’s Marin Designers’ Showcase, and the Marin Aids Project to name a few. An avid environmentalist, Captain Maggie entertains and educates her riders with fun facts and local lore, giving them the trip of a lifetime.
Captain Maggie and the Angel Island Tiburon Ferry Company also play a crucial public safety role on the Bay: They have rescued troubled boaters, for which they received an American Red Cross Award, and they assisted the crews clearing San Francisco Bay following the COSCO Busan oil spill. During the Angel Island fire in 2008, Maggie and her crew worked tirelessly evacuating stranded campers and ferrying over 1,200 firefighters to Angel Island to fight the fire that threatened the island and its historic buildings.
With all this, Maggie still finds time to serve on the board of the Tiburon Chamber of Commerce and works to promote tourism and the economic vitality of Tiburon. Maggie says her father taught her that it’s an honor to give and to get living blessings very day, and she experiences the greatest joy when she can help others learn and provide a sense of enlightenment to all who ride her vessels.
Thank you Captain Maggie. You truly are Tiburon’s Ferry Godmother.
Maggie McDonogh received the prestigious Spirt of Marin Award in September 2014. Stuart Lum, Bank of Marin Board Chair, Steve Sears, Tiburon Peninsula Chamber Board President, Maggie McDonogh, Russ Colombo, Bank of Marin President & CEO.