Staff

Executive Director

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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.

Staff
Laura Bernstein
Events Manager
Beverly Clark
Office Manager
Josh Drewes
Membership Coordinator
Kurt Hagen
Director of Finance and Operations
Travis Hattori
Membership and Database Manager
Luis Jimenez
Advocacy Coordinator
Samantha Joseph
Institutional Giving Officer
Shakaylah Leonard
Membership Coordinator
Sydney Little
Communications Manager
Kate Litzky
Policy Manager
Holly Martinez
Director of Programs and Advocacy
Kathleen McCurdy
Membership Marketing Coordinator
David Moore
Senior Accountant
Phoebe Oelheim
Program Manager
Gabrielle Ohayon
Partnerships Manager
Melissa Potts
Program Coordinator
Jonah Punzal
Operations Project Manager
David Smith
Director of IT
Ashley Tittle
Director of Engagement
Randy Widera
Director of Philanthropy
Alex McCutcheon
Communications Coordinator
Amber Baldwin
Accounting Assistant
Kaitlin Donnelly
Grant Writer