Rachel Norton, Executive Director

Executive Director

Rachel Norton

Rachel Norton started her career as a reporter for Reuters, later working at The New York Times and CNET:The Computer Network. A passionate advocate for parks and outdoor education, Rachel worked for the San Francisco Parks Alliance from July 2013 through April 2017, most recently serving as Director of External Affairs and interim Chief Executive Officer. She joined the California State Parks Foundation in May 2017.

Rachel has also served on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education since January 2009, and served as Vice President and then President of the Board in 2012 and 2013.

Rachel was born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., and spent most summers as a child camping and hiking in California’s state and national parks. As a high school student she was fortunate enough to spend several spring vacations learning about the biology of the Mojave Desert, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated teacher. As an adult, Rachel has enjoyed paying that gift forward to her two daughters and the diverse students of the San Francisco Unified School district.


Laura Bernstein, Executive Assistant

Beverly Clark, Office Manager

Josh Drewes, Membership Assistant

Travis Hattori, Membership and Database Manager

Patrick Heryford, Leadership Gifts Officer

Hilda Hollis, Director of Finance and Administration

Luis Jimenez, Advocacy Coordinator

Samantha Joseph, Grants Manager

Shakaylah Leonard, Membership Assistant

Sydney Little, Communications Coordinator

Kate Litzky, Policy Manager

Holly Martinez, Director of Programs and Advocacy

Kathleen McCurdy, Membership Marketing Coordinator

Phoebe Oelheim, Program Manager

Gabrielle Ohayon, Partnerships Manager

Melissa Potts, Program Coordinator

Jonah Punzal, Operations Project Manager

Bettina Sferrino, Director of Communications

David Smith, Director of IT

Ashley Tittle, Director of Membership

California State Parks Foundation

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