San Mateo County Names New Assistant Parks Director
Monday, May 21, 2018
The County of San Mateo is excited to announce the appointment of Nicholas Calderon as Assistant Parks Director for the park system that welcomes 2.5 million visitors to its 22 parks each year.
Calderon is a life-long park enthusiast who as a youth called Beresford Park in San Mateo his second home. Today, he finds solace hiking and running on trails throughout San Mateo County and looks forward to his new role to spending even more time outdoors.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity to join the Parks Department and serve the County and its residents," Calderon said. "Plus, I now have an even greater reason to get to know Junipero Serra Park in San Bruno — the single County park I haven't hiked."
He’s also looking forward to working with the Parks Department’s external partners and regulatory agencies “to complete projects that enhance the natural and recreational resources of our County park system for the enjoyment of residents, visitors and future generations,” he said.
“Nicholas is an energetic, smart and engaging person that will fit well into Parks. His knowledge of the County process, other departments and planning and property issues will be key to the Parks Department’s success.”
~Parks Director Jonathan Gervais
Next month Calderon will transition from his current position as Real Property Manager for the County of San Mateo where he spent 2 1/2 years managing property services for county departments and other agencies. He was part of the team that worked with Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) to acquire Tunitas Creek Beach, the 58-acre beachfront property that had become environmentally degraded from years of unmanaged use. San Mateo County Parks and POST are partnering to improve the beach.
As a former legislative aide to San Mateo County Supervisor Don Horsley, District 3, Calderon collaborated with coastside residents and state agencies on major projects, including the protection of Highway 1 from erosion at Surfer’s Beach, and in the completion of the San Mateo Coastside Access Study in cooperation with California State Parks, Golden Gate National Recreation Area and San Mateo County Parks. In 2013, he assisted Supervisor Horsley in halting the auction of Moss Beach Park in El Granada so that it could be purchased by the County and managed as a county park.
Calderon received his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and earned a Master of Public Administration degree at Golden Gate University.
“Nicholas is an energetic, smart and engaging person that will fit well into Parks,” said San Mateo County Parks Director Jonathan Gervais. “His knowledge of the County process, other departments and planning and property issues will be key to the Parks Department’s success. We are looking forward to having Nicholas in a lead role.”