Board

Phil Arnold  Treasurer

Phil Arnold is currently the Manager of Finance and Administration  for the San Francisco Human Services Agency. Previous to this position, he worked for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. At the PUC he co-authored the $4.8 billion Water Supply Improvement Master Plan which is now being implemented to improve the safety and reliability of San Francisco's water supply. At Rec-Park he managed the Open Space Program as well as the administration and finance divisions. He also served as the Interim Director of the San Francisco Zoo for a year. He developed four general obligation bond issues that were approved by the voters and brought over $100 million in capital improvements to San Francisco's parks. He is also the Treasurer of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council which is implementing a 550 mile trail around the ridgeline of the San Francisco Bay. Phil is an active runner, swimmer and sailor and uses the parks regularly. He lives with his family in Golden Gate Heights.


Connie Goodyear Baron
Connie Goodyear Baron is a fourth generation San Franciscan who has lived in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, and Paris. Her long history as an activist and volunteer began as a member of the first Women’s Committee of the New York Zoological Society. She is a Trustee Emerita of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a former member of the Coalition to Keep the deYoung in the Park, a former Board Member of San Francisco Parks Trust and Co-chair of the Committee to reopen The Conservatory of Flowers, past president of The Friends of Langley Porter, Board Member of UCSF Young Adult and Family Center and FRAME, a French and American museum’s exchange. She is married to Barry Baron and is the proud mother of three sons and 5 grandchildren and loves her city parks.


Leith Brooks Barry

Ms. Barry is originally from Rye, New York and attended Greenwich Academy and Yale University. At Yale, she was a four year varsity lacrosse player, and Academic All-Ivy her junior and senior years. She also recently earned a degree as a holistic health coach at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition. Ms. Barry has lived in the Bay Area since 1997 and now resides in San Francisco with her husband, Stewart, and four children. Ms. Barry's professional life has followed her interests: fine arts, publishing and nutrition. Ms. Barry was a client relation manager at Sotheby's and has held editorial positions at Meigher Communications and eLuxury. Today, she is a dedicated holistic health coach, advising families on health and wellness as well as teaching cooking classes at the San Francisco Cooking School.

Ms. Barry is also active in civic life. At the Burke's School, Ms. Barry has chaired both of the key annual fundraisers, the Annual Fund and Spring Gala Auction. Ms. Barry serves on the California Academy of Sciences Friend's Steering Committee and has served on the Discovery Museum Council where she chaired the annual Halloween fundraiser.


Mollie Ward Brown
For the past 25 years, Mollie has worked as an employee, consultant and volunteer with non-profits specializing in human services and public policy.  She is currently the Director of Community Development for Huckleberry Youth Programs, an agency specializing in serving at risk youth in the areas of health, juvenile justice and abuse prevention. Her particular interest is systems reform and public/private partnerships. Having raised four active children, she is familiar with most ball fields, recreation centers and playgrounds in the City. As a member of  the Friends of Alta Plaza Park steering committee, she helped to raise over $1,200,000 for the renovation of the tennis courts, restrooms and playground. She is a firm believer in the benefits of open space and recreation and recognizes that these assets require capable stewardship and creative partnerships to maintain them in this economic climate. Having recently moved to the Richmond District, Mollie can be found most mornings walking her black Labrador, Charlotte, in Golden Gate Park.

Rosemary Cameron Past President
Rosemary Cameron has spent her career working in the public sector with management experience in regional and municipal parks and recreation, city management legislative affairs and communications. Rosemary retired from the East Bay Regional Park District in December 2010, leaving her post as Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs.
She also served as Executive Director of the Regional Parks Foundation from 1993 to 2010.  Under her leadership the Regional Parks Foundation raised over $20 million to support East Bay Regional Park District’s parks and programs. Rosemary continues to consult and speaks on marketing, branding, communications, social media, and fundraising at professional conferences and trainings.

Rosemary holds a Bachelors’ degree in Economics and Government from Mills College, and a Masters’ degree in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. Her volunteer involvement includes serving on Save the Redwoods League’s Board of Councillors; on the California Parks and Recreation Society’s PAC and, as a member of the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and Tourism.


Nancy Conner
Nancy Conner joined the Board of Friends of Recreation and Parks in the late 1970s and has been an impassioned proponent of parks ever since. Her proudest park moments include the Parks’ Fun Raiser Campaign, co-founding the San Francisco Landscape and Garden Show at Ft. Mason, the Conservatory of Flowers Campaign, writing the brochure for Coit Tower, and, as chair of the Golden Gate Park Concourse Authority, helping to win public approvals for the Music Concourse garage in Golden Gate Park. She has been a docent at the San Francisco Botanical Garden, co-author of “Where on Earth: A Guide to California’s Specialty Nurseries”, and on the Board of the Presidio Trust. She has been married to Ed Conner for 45 years and their three sons are grateful park users.   


Christine Gardner
Christine Gardner lives in San Francisco with her husband and three young children.  She is the founder of an environmental health consulting company called moregreenmoms and recently published her first children’s book, A Moment of Quiet is Nothing to Fear.  A graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in both Communication and French Studies, Christine has worked in diverse fields including publishing, investment research and Internet development.  She is a co-creator and parent representative for the eco-Councils at her children’s schools and she is presently the Chair of the Bay Area Green Schools Alliance, a collection of parents, educators and change-makers working together to promote sustainability practices on private and public school campuses throughout our community. As a former Board member of the San Francisco Parks Trust, Christine was co-Chair of the past three Party for the Parks events, and she helped launch programs such as our Gear-Up program to outfit rec centers with equipment and the Parks ReStore concept to allow supporters to directly purchase tools and supplies for our City’s gardeners.  


Christopher Guillard

Christoper Guillard is a founding partner of CMG landscape architecture, an award winning San Francisco based design practice that provides planning, design and management services to a wide range of public, institutional and private clients.   His work and research is focused on the value of public open space and urban landscapes that support local and regional efforts to improve the environment and build a more sustainable, economically vital and livable city.  Chris’s passion and commitment to vibrant public space and sustainable design has benefited projects such as Treasure Island, Mint Plaza, and the Crocker Amazon Playground as well as numerous pro-bono projects in San Francisco.  In 2001 he received the outstanding alumni award from the College of Architecture and Urban Studies at Virginia Tech.  Chris is active in the San Francisco planning and design community and has provided pro-bono services to numerous San Francisco communities. Chris formerly served on the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Parks Council, and served on the Board of the Parks Alliance from its inception in October 2011 through September 2012. He lives in Supervisor District 9.


Steven Gwozdz
Steven Gwozdz and his wife Ally, as parents of two young children, are regulars at the panhandle playground and the Koret children’s quarter.  Steve has been taking year round advantage of the bay area outdoors for the last thirteen years and is committed to improving the city’s park facilities and recreation programs. In addition to family bike rides on JFK Drive, he frequents Ocean Beach, The Marin Headlands, and Lake Tahoe on the weekends. He holds a BA from Boston College and an MBA from Northwestern University, where he is a volunteer in the admissions program.


Jaime Jones
Jaime Jones is a CPA and a senior manager at PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC) with over 14 years of experience serving both public and private national and multinational clients in PwC’s Assurance practice. Jaime has a diverse background serving multiple industries with experience serving Fortune 500, SEC registered companies in engineering and construction, consumer goods, accounting and professional services and utilities industries as well as one of the largest institutions in higher education in the world.  Over the past several years, Jaime’s clients have included some of the largest and industry leading companies and organizations.  Prior to joining the PwC San Francisco practice, Jaime served clients out of the St. Louis and London offices.  During her tour in London, Jaime led the audit of a large worldwide client, as well as developed skills in international financial reporting standards, which she brought back to the U.S. by investing time presenting to clients and at universities. Jaime has a Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Missouri – Columbia. She lives in Supervisor District 2.


L. Jasmine Kim
Jasmine came to SFPA because of her love of urban architecture and landscapes.  In fact, she holds a double major in college in this discipline as well as she has pursued masters programs in Architecture and Urban Policy.   

In her professional life, she currently serves as the General Manager of Travel-Ticker, an Expedia online travel media company. Prior to Travel-Ticker, Jasmine was CEO ofShopWell.com.  She was also the SVP/GM of the leading parenting site BabyCenter.com, and spent eight years at Yahoo! as VP of International Marketing and Sales Development where she successfully launched 24 global sites.  When she is not traveling all over the world for work, Jasmine can often be found hiking the trails of city and national parks, in the Bay Area and stateside with her husband and two children.
She holds a BA in Art History and Economics from Wellesley College and an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.  She is also an active member of SFMOMA a+d forum.She resides in San Francisco with her family.
 


Courtney Klinge  Vice President
Courtney has been a resident of San Francisco for over 15 years. She and her husband, Eric Prosnitz, own the Sports Basement and are avid outdoor enthusiasts who frequent the city’s open spaces with their three daughters predominantly for soccer games, running, and hiking. Courtney is passionate about supporting the broader San Francisco community in embracing a healthy and active lifestyle with an emphasis on engaging underserved youth. Past employment included product management in the internet industry and account management for advertising agencies. She is a graduate of Colgate University, BA, and Harvard Business School, MBA.


James Lazarus

James currently serves as the Senior Vice President of Public Policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.  Previous to this position, he was the President of the Museum of the City of San Francisco prior to its merger with the San Francisco Historical Society, and continued to serve as an Executive Director post-merger. A former Deputy City Attorney, Executive Deputy Mayor, and State Director to Senator Feinstein, James has served on the boards of numerous civic and charitable organizations.

James earned a BA in political science from American University in Washington, D.C. He attended the University of Santa Clara Law School, and was admitted to the California Bar in 1974. A fourth generation San Franciscan, public service was a constant in the Lazarus family: his great uncle and cousin served as superior court judges in San Francisco. Jim's family history dates to the earliest days of California.

James is married to Ann Blumlein Lazarus, who serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Mount Zion Health Fund. The couple has four children: Kate, Nicole, Jack, Michael.

 

Mary J. McCue, R.P.A.
Mary McCue is President and CEO of MJM Management Group, an award-winning property management firm specializing in the creation, activation, and management of vibrant, sustainable, public spaces for everyone to enjoy. Mary brings to her role more than 20 years of management experience of urban public spaces and facilities, and her experience has extended to a public space consulting practice at home and in other American cities. The recipient of some of her community’s most prestigious awards, she leads her corporate team and has served as General Manager of Yerba Buena Gardens since 1993. Mary believes that parks and public open spaces are vital to the health and well-being of urban living by providing opportunities for diverse communities to share a common, civic experience. This experience includes parks and open spaces that operate as a place for people to gather as well as a place for them to simply contemplate. 
Mary works with public and private entities to ensure spaces are open, inviting and available to all users, while activating the spaces with programs that make people feel comfortable and welcome. She believes successful public spaces provide synergistic opportunities for people to socialize and interact individually or collectively. Mary is a graduate of San Francisco State University with over 20 years experience as a Real Property Administrator (RPA) in managing and consulting on public parks and facilities.


Kelly Nice  President
Kelly Nice is a Founding Partner at Nice Advertising, a leading independent ad agency in San Francisco. He first got involved with San Francisco’s parks in 2002, helping on the campaign to restore the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park. As Vice President of San Francisco Parks Trust, Kelly served on the committee that initiated the merger between SFPT and Neighborhood Parks Council. Kelly lives near Allyne Park and is a frequent cyclist and runner in Golden Gate Park.


Leah Pimentel
Leah Pimentel is a results-driven nonprofit leader with extensive experience in guiding and expanding small businesses to a national level. She positively impacts the community in which she lives and works by promoting sustainability, environmental justice, green urbanism, renewable energy, and energy efficiency for underserved communities. She currently serves as Community Outreach Specialist at GRID Alternatives, a nonprofit that installs solar energy systems in underserved communities. She is Vice Chair of the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee, and a member of the Local Agency Formation Commission. She has an MBA in Sustainable Business from Dominican University, and a BS in Marketing from Sonoma State University. Leah lives in Supervisor District 10.


Jonathan Rewers
Vice President
Jonathan Rewers has many degrees and has worked in many different places. Despite all that his one goal in life is being of service to his friends, family, community and colleagues. Parks and Recreation is a pure expression of that goal, which is why he has promoted and supported it in all ways possible – as a volunteer, advocate and professional. He currently works as the Manager of Capital Financial Planning and Analysis at the SFMTA, and is pursuing a graduate degree in Urban Planning. He grew up in San Francisco and played his childhood away at San Francisco’s world-class parks.


Michael Seidenberg

Michael Seidenberg is Director at Allianz Global Investors where he is a Portfolio Manager.  Michael attended the University of Colorado at Boulder and obtained his MBA at Columbia Business School. Michael has lived in San Francisco since 1996 and his wife Beatrix has been a San Francisco park user since the age of 4.  Michael and his family are big users of the parks with numerous memorable family moments occurring within this great asset.


Patricia Sellman

Patricia Barroll Sellman was formerly Vice President, Marketing Communications at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. (the premier global retailer of home furnishings). In this role, Patricia directed all marketing communication and branding efforts on behalf of Williams-Sonoma Inc.’s distinguished portfolio of brands which include: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, and West Elm. She was integrally involved in several brand launches and developed innovative media partnerships to increase brand exposure. In addition, she helped launch social media for the brands and was instrumental in building community through strategic partnerships. Patricia was also responsible for Williams-Sonoma, Inc.’s corporate media relations and philanthropy programs.

Before starting at Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Patricia was with Diageo as Vice President, Marketing Communications. She started her career there at the height of their legendary activities with Absolut Vodka. During her 10 years with the company she was integrally involved with the advertising and promotions on brands such as Absolut Vodka, Bombay Sapphire Gin, Grand Marnier and Stolichnaya Vodka. Patricia also oversaw the company’s groundbreaking cause-related marketing programs.

Patricia was born in Belgium and speaks fluent French.  She graduated from the University of Virginia. Patricia now lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. She has served on several boards including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, the Bay Area Discovery Museum and the UCSF Foundation Relations Committee.


John Ware
John is a 21 year resident of San Francisco and was active as a board member and treasurer of the San Francisco Parks Trust for seven years. John finds himself in one or more of our parks on nearly a daily basis. A soccer dad for many years, John is now a volunteer gardener in the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park.

Marcel Wilson  Secretary
Marcel Wilson is a licensed landscape architect, writer, educator, based in San Francisco, CA.  He founded Bionic in 2007 to focus on the design of innovative landscape architecture, planning, urban design, and ecology projects at all scales.  Wilson is a recognized leader of a new generation of landscape architects that are expanding the field by addressing the complex environmental and cultural conditions presented by our world today.  His work combines sharp analysis with social responsibility, experimentation, and inventive creativity.  Wilson graduated with distinction from The Harvard Design School where he was awarded the prestigious Weidenman Prize for design excellence. 

Wilson has worked for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and is a former principal at the internationally renowned landscape architecture firm Hargreaves Associates.  He has led the design and management of landscape projects and exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and the United States.  His portfolio of design and management experience includes waterfronts, infrastructure, universities, high rise construction, landscapes on structure, and post industrial sites.  In his career Wilson has led many winning entries for planning and design competitions including the Los Angeles State Historic Park, Denver International Airport Entry, The Stanford Science and Engineering Quad.  Recently his firm won honors in the BCDC Rising Tides Competition (2009), 2010 Chicago Prize Design Competition, The Pittsburgh Gateway Design Competition (2010), and The Confluence Park design competition in Issaquah, Wa.(2010).  Recent design awards include the 2010 Award of excellence from the Northern California ASLA, and a 2009 Urban design Award from the Boston Society of Architects.  In addition to his private practice, Wilson teaches graduate level design studios in landscape architecture, planning, and urbanism at the University of California at Berkeley.  Wilson is an active participant in the San Francisco planning and design community where he has served on the Mayors Blue Green Way Taskforce, and the Mayor’s Open Space Task Force.  He is a design advisor to SPUR for the annual Piro Patri Fellowship, and he is an officer on the founding board of directors for the San Francisco Parks Alliance.