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

  • Dr. David Hayes-Bautista (UCLA)
  • Jose Gonzalez (Latino Outdoors)
  • Rue Mapp (Outdoor Afro)
  • Ed Norton
  • Tavis Smiley (Host of Tavis Smiley on PBS)

Coalition members

  • Aaron Abelman (East Bay Church of Religious Science)
  • Orson Aguilar (Greenlining Institute)
  • Kim Moore Bailey (Youth Outside)
  • Kevin Benson (We Are Family Wellness)
  • Alina Bokde (Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust)
  • Laurenteen Brazil (St. Columba)
  • Omar Brownson (Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation)
  • Los Angeles County Bike Coalition
  • Kafi Blumenfield (Executive Director, The Discovery Cube Los Angeles)
  • Dr. Ambrose Carroll (Church by the Side of the Road)
  • Sandra Celedon-Castro, HUB Manager (Fresno Building Healthy Communities)
  • Scott Chan, Program Director (Asian and Pacific Islander Obesity Prevention Alliance)
  • Belinda Faustinos (San Gabriel Mountains Forever)
  • Jonathan Fielding (UCLA Fielding School of Public Health)
  • Viviana Franco (From Lot to Spot)
  • Gina Frommer (Trust for Public Land)
  • Ivonne Garcia (YMCA Presidio)
  • Ron Gonzales (Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley)
  • Bryan Ha (United Ways of California)
  • Barbara Halliday (Mayor, Hayward)
  • Alex Johnson (Children's Defense Fund-California)
  • Sean Kiernan (California College Democrats)
  • Jacob Lebell (Isla Vista Recreation & Park District)
  • Doug Linney (California Wilderness Coalition)
  • Ben McCue (Outdoor Outreach)
  • Toody Maher (Executive Director, Pogo Park)
  • Councilwoman Lynette Gibson McElhaney (City of Oakland)
  • Jessica Meaney (Investing in Place)
  • Cindy Montanez (Chief Executive Officer, Tree People)
  • Latino Coalition for a Healthy California
  • Sammy Nunez (Executive Director, Fathers of Families of San Joaquin)
  • Veronica Padilla-Campos (Pacoima Beautiful) 
  • Barbara Parker (City Attorney, Oakland)
  • Dr. Nooshin Razani (Children's Hospital of Oakland)
  • Nina Roberts (Professor, Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, San Francisco State University; Director, Pacific Leadership Institute)
  • Libby Schaaf (Mayor, Oakland)
  • Sonya Soltani (Cal State Student Association)
  • The Nature Conservancy
  • Kirk Anne Taylor (Change Scale)
  • Jack Tibbetts (California Clean Power)
  • Marcos Trinidad (Audubon Center at Debs Park)
  • Carlos Vaquerano (Salvadorian American Leadership and Education Fund) 
  • Councilwoman Annie Washington (City of Oakland)
  • David Valdez (YMCA - East Los Angeles)