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Marty Kaliski




Marty Kaliski is a new Berkeley Rotary member, but not a new Rotarian. He has served three times as President of the El Cerrito Rotary Club (2011-2012, 2013-2014, 2019-2020), and served that club as Foundation Chair and Membership Chair. He has led the El Cerrito club as a partner in our Berkeley projects—international and local—and participated personally.

Marty is known to most as the owner and manager of Marty's Motors Auto Repair in El Cerrito, which he operated from 1983-2018. Around 1987, he started a Limited Equity Housing Cooperative in Berkeley, where he still currently resides and serves as President. He served as a Director of the Contra Costa Civic Theater from 2017-2023. Now retired, Marty has decided to join the Rotary Club of Berkeley, where he lives.

Marty was born in New York City, lived in New Rochelle, N.Y., and graduated from New Rochelle High School. He attended college at the Case Institute of Technology (1964-65), and Boston University (1966-69). He was an organizer for the Berkeley Tenant's Union (1970-71), for the Vocations for Social Change collective (1971-73), and a member of the Leadership team for the Nicaragua Information Center (1981-87). (Approximate dates.)

His hobbies and interests include photography, travel, camping, boating, fishing, and history, especially military history, as well as science from cosmology to particle physics. The talks he has given or could give to Rotary groups illustrate those interests: How to take good travel pictures; The Mongols - their military success and role in changing Western history; and The growth and demise of the revolutionary food system in Berkeley.