Rachel Norton, Executive Director

Executive Director

Rachel Norton

Rachel Norton started her career as a reporter for Reuters, later working at The New York Times and CNET:The Computer Network. A passionate advocate for parks and outdoor education, Rachel worked for the San Francisco Parks Alliance from July 2013 through April 2017, most recently serving as Director of External Affairs and interim Chief Executive Officer. She joined the California State Parks Foundation in May 2017.

Rachel has also served on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education since January 2009, and served as Vice President and then President of the Board in 2012 and 2013.

Rachel was born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., and spent most summers as a child camping and hiking in California’s state and national parks. As a high school student she was fortunate enough to spend several spring vacations learning about the biology of the Mojave Desert, thanks to the efforts of a dedicated teacher. As an adult, Rachel has enjoyed paying that gift forward to her two daughters and the diverse students of the San Francisco Unified School district.


Laura Bernstein, Events Manager

Beverly Clark, Office Manager

Josh Drewes, Membership Coordinator

Kurt Hagen, Director of Finance and Operations

Travis Hattori, Membership and Database Manager

Luis Jimenez, Advocacy Coordinator

Samantha Joseph, Institutional Giving Officer

Shakaylah Leonard, Membership Coordinator

Sydney Little, Communications Manager

Kate Litzky, Policy Manager

Holly Martinez, Director of Programs and Advocacy

Kathleen McCurdy, Membership Marketing Coordinator

David Moore, Senior Accountant

Phoebe Oelheim, Program Manager

Gabrielle Ohayon, Partnerships Manager

Melissa Potts, Program Coordinator

Jonah Punzal, Operations Project Manager

David Smith, Director of IT

Ashley Tittle, Director of Engagement

Randy Widera, Director of Philanthropy

California State Parks Foundation

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