Tuesday, September 29, 2015

The San Mateo County Parks and Foundation Board announced today that Michele Beasley, a San Mateo County native, has been chosen as the non-profit’s next executive director. The Foundation supports the San Mateo County Parks Department through donations, funding projects that restore habitat, provide environmental education, improve trails, support volunteer efforts, and encourage recreational use of San Mateo County Parks. Ms. Beasley will transition into the role as Ms. Julia Bott, the Foundation’s executive director since its inception in 1998, prepares to retire.

Ms. Beasley holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s College of California and has been the South Bay Regional Director for Greenbelt Alliance since 2004. She has also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Ghana, West Africa as an Eco-Tourism Advisor, and currently is a member of the San Mateo County Search and Rescue Team. She was chosen, in part, because she is a passionate leader dedicated to building sustainable and equitable communities. Her energy and enthusiastic attitude, as well as her ability to engage the community and donors, also impressed the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

San Mateo County Parks Director Marlene Finley noted: “San Mateo County Parks is thrilled to work with Michele Beasley. Michele's track record in community engagement and volunteer management, coupled with her local knowledge, makes her a great partner to raise support for parks. She also brings a keen understanding of the role parks play in our community and a commitment to promote and protect these special places.”

See the press release from the Parks Foundation attached below.