Susan Smartt, Interim Executive Director

Interim Executive Director

Susan Smartt, susan@calparks.org

Susan Smartt has 27 years experience as a nonprofit leader and is currently focused on consulting and providing interim leadership for nonprofit organizations. Susan’s previous leadership positions include serving as President/CEO of California State Parks Foundation from 1996 to 2003 and most recently of NatureBridge, a national leader in outdoor environmental education. In 2003, the California State Parks Rangers Association named Susan an Honorary State Park Ranger in recognition of her impactful work in numerous prominent environmental positions.

A resident of Alameda, California, and an avid hiker, Susan is a Certified Public Accountant, holds a degree in accounting from San Diego State University, and earned a Master’s degree in public administration from the University of San Francisco. She has served on the boards of the National Wildlife Federation Action Fund, the League of Conservation Voters, Chabot Space & Science Center, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the National Women’s Political Caucus – Alameda North.

“After 12 years as President of CSPF, Elizabeth Goldstein has accepted a job as President of the Municipal Arts Society in New York City. We wish her well in her new endeavors, and we are delighted to have Susan Smartt rejoin CSPF during this moment of transition. Since she was with us last, she has served as President of the California League of Conservation Voters and President of NatureBridge. Please help us welcome Susan!”

—Dave Mandelkern, Chair, Board of Trustees


Beverly Clark, Information Systems Specialist

Gabriella Davis, Donor Services Assistant

Rebecca Eiseman, Development Coordinator

Jerry Emory, Senior Director, Programs

Linsey Fredenburg-Humes, Director of Grassroots Advocacy

Travis Hattori, Donor Services Manager

Hilda Hollis, Director of Finance and Administration

Brenda Laribee, Interim Director of Development

Kate Litzky, Policy Manager

Phoebe Oelheim, Program Manager

Gabby Ohayon, Technical Assistance Center Manager

Bella Podolsky, Engagement Coordinator

Erland Sanborn, Database and Website Administrator

Mohammad Shaheer, Staff Accountant

Georgia Smith, Executive Assistant to the President

Ashley Tittle, Director of Annual Giving

California State Parks Foundation

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