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. Want to learn more about what's Park Now have been involved in, download on facts sheet.


Founding Members


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.

learn more


Jose Gonzalez

Latino Outdoors

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

learn more


Rue Mapp

Outdoor Afro

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

learn more


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. 

learn more


Coalition Members