Ph.D. Candidate, UC Berkeley
Superintendent, Channel Coast District, California State Parks
Danita Rodriguez is the superintendent for the Channel Coast District which includes State Parks in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. She has been a State Parks employee for over 40 years. Danita recently transferred from Northern California where she was the District Superintendent for a number of parks in the greater Bay Area. She has worked at a number of parks throughout the state park system in the Sierra Nevada, Central Valley, Redwoods, and San Bernardino County. Danita graduated from Chico State University with a degree in Recreation and Parks Management and obtained her Peace Officer Standards and Training (POST) certificate from Butte College. Danita served on the State Park’s Transformation Team for, co-chairing the Partnerships Committee. She has worked directly with underserved youth for a number of years and continues to support efforts for parks to be relevant to all communities. Many of her favorite activities are water-related such as scuba diving, kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, snowboarding, and of course, hiking and camping. Her love for a number of outdoor activities is attributed to family camping trips and living in the small Southern California mountain community of Wrightwood located in the San Gabriel Mountains while growing up.
Visitor Services and Communications, Pacific Southwest Region , U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
D.C. Carr grew up in Indiana and Wisconsin, then went on to work for National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands across the nation. He is dedicated to enhancing access to public lands and to ensuring that local communities benefit from the recreational opportunities that nearby public lands offer. As visitor services planner for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s regional office in Sacramento, he seeks to build partnerships to make National Wildlife Refuges welcoming places to recreate and to have amazing experiences in the natural world. He lives in Oakland and enjoys finding public transit connections to public parks and wild places. DC is pictured before the grand entrance to the Waldo Arms Hotel in Kaktovik, Alaska, at the edge of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Chief Executive Officer, San Francisco Education Fund
Gina Fromer has devoted her energy and talent to serving the needs of families in San Francisco and communities across California. In 2017, following more than three decades of leadership in youth and family services and education programs—including in some of San Francisco’s most underserved neighborhoods—Gina joined the San Francisco Education Fund as CEO, where she manages a staff of 14 and oversees the organization’s partnership with the San Francisco Unified School District, SF Citi, and the training and placement volunteers across the district. Gina believes that a quality education is a basic human right.
Prior to joining the Ed Fund, Gina served as the California State Director at The Trust for Public Land, where she created new parks in park-poor neighborhoods in Los Angeles and San Francisco, and protected treasured landscapes from the forests of the North Coast to the most southern parts of the state.
Raised in San Francisco’s Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood, Gina is the recipient of the prestigious Jefferson Award for Community Service, the KQED Local Heroes Award, and a host of other awards and honors. She is the mother of three sons and continues to serve the community where she grew up as the Volunteer Coordinator of the food pantry at her local church.
Director, Public Services, Pacific Southwest Region, U.S. Forest Service
Kim Moore Bailey
Executive Director, Youth Outside
Kim Moore Bailey brings a wealth of experience to her role as Executive Director for Youth Outside. Kim provides the leadership and vision that drives its mission of connecting youth to nature by eliminating barriers, providing resources, and promoting outdoor programming. Inspired by her own passion for the outdoors and years of both professional and personal experiences, Kim focuses on Youth Outside's strategic direction, grantmaking portfolio, and working to achieve measurable results. Kim believes that Youth Outside serves as an intermediary to develop the critical connections required to engage underrepresented youth to nature and to encourage the capacity building of the organizations supported. Prior to joining Youth Outside, Kim was the Chief Operating Officer for College Possible, overseeing program delivery sites across the country and managing the organization’s growth strategy. Kim earned her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education at New York University and her Bachelor of Science from Northeastern University. Kim is currently serving on the Board of Directors for The Children and Nature Network, Environmental Grantmakers Association and the North American Association for Environmental Education; an Advisory Board Member for ChangeScale and as the Co-Chair for the Environmental Educators Funders Collaborative. Kim enjoys spending time with her loved ones, yoga and being outdoors.
Director, Center for Nature and Health, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland
Dr. Nooshin Razani is a pediatrician, researcher, and passionate advocate of the healing power of nature. She is the founder and director of UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland’s Center for Nature and Health - whose mission is to conduct primary research on the clinical applications of nature, provide clinical care for low income patients in nature, and to advocate for nature as a public health priority. Dr. Razani is an attending physician at UCSF Benioff Oakland’s Ambulatory Department and Assistant Clinical Scientist at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI).
In 2009, Dr. Razani partnered with the East Bay Regional Park District to refer patients to the outdoors as a clinical intervention. By 2013, the hospital’s primary care clinic and East Bay Regional Parks District and Foundation collaborated to create the hospital’s groundbreaking park prescription program. Now in its third year, the program has conducted more than 500 park visits and 32 outings to local parks for patients and families. Through this program, Dr. Razani has created validated protocols for physicians and health systems to integrate nature-based interventions into practice nationwide.
Dr. Razani received the National Environmental Education Fund and US Fish and Wildlife Service Nature Champion Certification in 2010, and was awarded the Community Champion Award by California State Parks in 2015. From 2013-2014, Dr. Razani served as the Senior Health Fellow and Medical Consultant at the Institute at the Golden Gate where she played an important role in the development of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area initiative.
Partnerships Program Chief, Pacific West Region, National Park Service
As Partnerships Program Chief, Ray Murray coordinates fundraising and partnership activities and programs and tourism for 63 National Park units and recreation grants and technical assistance programs for state and local agencies in the six states and territories of the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service. He also administers the Land and Water Conservation Fund, Federal Lands-to- Parks, National Heritage Areas and the Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Programs. Serves as the Partnerships and Tourism Lead for the Pacific West Region. He has provided leadership in recent years on: Connecting People to the Outdoors, Children in Nature, Healthy Parks, Urban Parks, Economic Impacts of Parks, Rivers, Trails and Greenways, Visitor Use Management, Conflict Resolution, Arts in Parks, Fund Raising, Planned Giving, Park Friends Groups, the California Roundtable on Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the California Watchable Wildlife Committee, and Pacific Coast Immigration. Board experiences include: Freight and Salvage Coffee House, San Francisco Live Arts, New Games Foundation, and American Adventure Play Association.
Youth Program Coordinator, Bureau of Land Management - California
Stephanie hails from Marysville, CA where she grew up on a 60 acre cattle ranch. Her love of the outdoors stems from her time on the ranch, in addition to family camping trips. Stephanie served in the United States Army on active duty from 2004 through 2014 as a Medical Laboratory Specialist. She was stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington and in Hawai'i at Tripler Army Medical Center. In her off duty hours on O’ahu, she competitively paddled 6 person outrigger canoes with Hui Nalu Canoe Club.
She continues to serve in the Army Reserve and completed her Bachelor of Science, Applied Science and Technology in Clinical Laboratory Sciences degree and a Master's of Organizational Leadership degree.
In 2015 she accepted a position with the Bureau of Land Management as an administrative technician. In her current position as Youth and Volunteer Programs Coordinator, Stephanie works with youth crews, interns, and volunteers who assist BLM in managing their lands for public benefit. She is passionate about youth employment and opportunities to educate youth about working outdoors, in natural resources career fields, and the management of public lands.
She love dogs, hanging out at the beach, hiking, snowboarding, and her friends and family.
Executive Director, California Park & Recreation Society
After spending the vast majority of her life in Colorado, Stephanie Stephens took the plunge and came to beautiful California to serve as the Executive Director of the California Park and Recreation Society in spring 2014. Her passion for parks and recreation, coupled with her love of non-profit management shows in the heart she brings to the work she does. As one of only 5,000 Certified Association Executives (CAE) in the US, she also brings a strong knowledge base on non-profit management. Managing a $2.5 million dollar budget and working with a team of 10, she works to advance the profession of parks and recreation through strategic initiatives, legislative efforts, action-planning and leadership. When Stef isn’t busy in a meeting, developing a partnership or working on the next best resource for members, you can find her gardening, hiking, or trying out a new recipe in the kitchen.