Staff | Cal Parks


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. 

In November 2008, Rachel was elected to the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education, chairing the Budget, Student Assignment and Legislative committees and serving as Vice President and President during her three terms on the Board. She left office in January 2021.   

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. California’s deserts, beaches, mountains and redwoods remain her favorite places to spend time.  

Josh Drewes
Database Coordinator
Travis Hattori
Membership and Database Manager
Samantha Joseph
Associate Director of Philanthropy
Shakaylah Leonard
Donor Stewardship Coordinator
Sydney Little
Associate Director of Communications and Marketing
Kathleen McCurdy
Content Marketing Manager
Melissa Potts
Volunteer Program Manager
Ashley Tittle
Director of Engagement
Randy Widera
Director of Philanthropy
Alex McCutcheon
Digital Content Specialist
Amber Baldwin
Jr. Accountant
Kaitlin Donnelly
Grant Writer
Haley Gonzales
Partnership Program Manager
Adele Rios
Membership Assistant
Cassandra Liu
Associate Director of Finance and Operations
Patricia Alger
Volunteer Coordinator
Beth Ebiner
Operations Coordinator
David Pierce
Communications Assistant
Deanna LaTour-Jarquin
Government Affairs Manager