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Gwen Woods


Founder, CEO

Gwendolyn Woods was born and raised in San Francisco and moved to Houston Texas in 1989 with her late husband Michael A. Woods Sr. and three sons Monroe, Michael Jr.; and Mario. The family purchased a home and resided in Houston Texas for ten years where Gwendolyn was employed as a district manager with the cosmetic corporation Lancôme for more than ten years before returning back to San Francisco to care for her terminally ill mother in 1999. Gwendolyn Woods credits her sons as being her greatest strength and inspiration to persevere during the hard times of trying to make ends meet in San Francisco for so many years and to her relentless fight now to achieve justice in honor of her youngest son, Mario Woods, who was shot more than 20x in 2015 by the San Francisco Police Department. The murder of her child left Gwendolyn with a loss that will never be reconciled. The grieving mother shares with the world, “It is my hope to project the beauty of my Mar-Man to the world until my last breath.”