About Us

Parks Now is a broad coalition of experts, activists, and community leaders from across California who are concerned about the state of our public parks.


Our mission is to encourage elected leaders throughout the state to finally take meaningful action towards improving the parks system. Not all of our members are long time parks advocates: many represent communities of color, and others are experts in public health or other relevant fields. However, all of us are united in the belief that our parks can and should do better.


Founding Members


Jose Gonzalez

Latino Outdoors

He is the Founder of Latino Outdoors, as well as, conservationist, environmentalist, Chicano, and educator.

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Rue Mapp

Outdoor Afro

She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Outdoor Afro.

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Dr. David Hayes-Bautista

University of California, Los Angeles

He is currently the Professor of Medicine and Director of the Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture – School of Medicine at  University of California, Los Angeles.

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Edward M. Norton

TPG Capital, L.P. 

He is currently the Senior Advisor on Environment for TPG Capital and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Grand Canyon Trust and The Wyss Foundation. He is the Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Landscape Conservation System Foundation. 

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Coalition Members

Aaron Abelman

Entrepreneur, Community Youth Leader

East Bay Church of Religious Science

Bay Area

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Alvaro Sanchez

Environmental Equity Director

Greenlining Institute


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Ambrose Carroll

Reverend Dr.

Green the Church

Bay Area

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Amy Lethbridge

Executive Director

Community Nature Connection

Southern California

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Belinda Faustinos

Executive Director

Nature For All

Southern California

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Ben McCue

Executive Director

Outdoor Outreach

Southern California

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Carlos Vaquerano

Board President & Founder

Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund


Chione Flegal

Managing Director

Policy Link


Cindy Montanez


Tree People

Southern Caliofrnia

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Guillermo Rodriguez

California State Director

The Trust for Public Land


Jon Switalski

Director of External Affairs

River LA

Southern California

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Kevin Benson


Family Wellness Group

Bay Area

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Kim Bailey


Youth Outside

Bay Area

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Leslie Reynolds

Executive Director

Groundwork San Diego

Southern California

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Marce Gutiérrez-Graudiņš

Founder & Director



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Marcos Trinidad


Audubon Center at Debs Park

Southern California


Mira Manickam-Shirley

Executive Director

Brown Girl Surf

Bay Area

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Nate Howard

Founder & Executive

Movement Be

Southern California

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Nina Roberts

Professor - Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism
San Francisco State University

Bay Area

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Nooshin Razani


Children's Hospital of Oakland

Northern California

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Rebecca De La Rosa

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Sammy Nunez

Executive Director

Fathers and Families of San Joaquin

Central Valley

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Sandra Celedon-Castro

Executive Director

Fresno Building Healthy Communities

Central Valley

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Scott Chan

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Stephanie Castellanos

Public Safety & Community Justice Manager

Youth Policy Institute

Southern California

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Sissy Trinh

Founder & Executive Director

South East Asian Community Alliance (SEACA)

Southern California

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Toody Maher

Executive Director

Pogo Park

Bay Area

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Tori Kjer

Executive Director

Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust

Southern California

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Veronica Padilla-Campos

Executive Director

Pacoima Beautiful

Southern California


Vivianna Franco

Executive Director

From Lot to Spot

Southern California

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Yvette Lopez Ledesma

Urban to Wild Asst. Director

The Wilderness Society

Southern California

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Zach Darrah