Heritage on the Marina is proud to be one of San Francisco’s premier Life Plan Communities. It is a non-profit organization owned and operated by the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society, one of California’s first philanthropic organizations, established in 1853.

Our Mission

The mission of the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society is to be an innovative, charitable model for serving the needs of seniors, and to utilize its resources and expertise to serve the San Francisco community.


Heritage on the Marina is owned and operated by the San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society, one of the City’s oldest charitable organizations.



Marked the organization’s formation “to render Protection and Assistance to strangers, to sick and dependent Women and Children”. For the first three years the Society focused on boarding women in benefactor’s homes, while also operating an employment agency to give women jobs and wages


Established their first dedicated care home on Franklin between Geary & Post. Image courtesy of Western Neighborhoods Project / OpenSFHistory.org


The government mandated foster care as the preferred choice for children, and the “Ark” closed down. The need to care for San Francisco’s elderly women was now more pressing than ever.


Heritage on the Marina’s current land site was donated by another generous benefactor. Julia Morgan, a famous architect best known for her work on Hearst Castle, was enlisted to design a home to provide convalescent care to San Francisco’s elderly women.


The building was completed. Sisters Edith and Lucy Allyne, direct descendants of San Francisco pioneers, donated half the funds to purchase apartments on an adjoining property to house members of the home’s staff.




The need for convalescent care declined. The Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society merged with the Crocker Old People’s Home, and they began offering Life Plan contracts. After the merger, Captain Barrett Hindes, President of the Board of Trustees, led the Board in determining the name for the newly-focused organization.

The San Francisco Ladies’ Protection and Relief Society continues to be a vital force in responding to the needs of an ever-changing city.

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Executive Leadership Team



Mary Linde was appointed as Heritage on the Marina’s CEO in March 2021.  Mary came to California in 2014 from eastern Pennsylvania where she grew up in a large and boisterous family. She obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, and achieved a Master’s Degree in Nursing from Drexel University in Philadelphia, with a concentration in executive leadership and organizational design. Following a successful career in Acute Care and Neurosurgical Critical Care nursing, Mary transitioned to the Senior Care environment and found her true calling. Since 1998, Mary has devoted her career to serving seniors as an Educator, Director of Nursing, Nursing Home Administrator, and CCRC Executive Director. Mary is passionate about creating and sustaining a healthy organizational culture that allows residents and staff to contribute, grow, and thrive.

Mary serves on multiple LeadingAge California committees and was honored to be an EMERGE leadership coach for the association’s Leadership Development Academy for three years. She is nationally certified as an Administrative Nurse through CDONA, and holds both RCFE and NHA licensure.

Mary is also mom to two adult men, Theodore and Quinn, who both live in the Philadelphia area. She also has a Coton de Tulear puppy named Augie, whom she adores.


Praveen Rattan joined Heritage on the Marina as the Director of Human Resources in October 2021. She was previously the Director of Human Resources at San Francisco Towers. Praveen brings over 20 years of human resources experience, including working in higher and secondary education, global business consulting, investment, and enterprise software and network solutions environments. She holds a degree in Business Administration from San Francisco State University and is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® (MBTI®) Certified Practitioner. Praveen has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since she was four. She is also married and has three adult children.

Board Of Directors

Randy Gridley, Chair
Kevin J. Gerber, Vice Chair
Scott Hartman, Treasurer
Tony Hanley, Secretary

Deborah Avakian
Cynthia Barton
Charles Dicke
Scott Hindes
Michele Diaz Nelson
Laura M. Wagner

Financial Reports

Heritage On The Marina is a proud member of Leading Age California