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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Special District

East Bay Regional Park DistrictCandidate for Director, Ward 2

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Audree V. Jones-Taylor

City Park Director
45,753 votes (29.8%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Enhance youth educational programs and opportunities
  • Expand access to vulnerable communities
  • Ensure the District has the resources to maintain and protect park and employees assets.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Director of Parks and Recreation
Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission, Alameda County Board of Supervisors — Appointed position (2008–current)
Board Member, Regional Park Foundation — Elected position (2015–current)
Board Member, Martin Luther King Freedom Center — Appointed position (2008–current)
Director of Oakland Parks and Recreation, City of Oakland (2004–2015)
Member, National Recreation and Parks Association Ethnic Minority Society NRPEMS) — Elected position (2009–2010)
Consultant in Recreation Affairs, East Palo Alto (2001–2004)
Superintendent Recreation and Parks, City and County of San Francisco (1997–2001)
Chair, California Minority Association — Elected position (1992–1994)

Education

St Mary's College of California Masters Degree (M.A.) , Leadership in the Arts (2014)
University of Redlands Bachelor of Science, Business Administration (1997)

Community Activities

Past President, Board Member and Member , National Parks and Recreation Ethnic Minority Society (1978–current)
Board Member, Martin Luther King Freedom Center (2008–current)
Co-Founder of Community Based Organization Oakland Parks Coalition , Oakland Parks Coalition (2001–2004)

Biography

I began my 40 years of service in Parks and Recreation in Redlands, California with stops along the way in San Bernardino, Long Beach, City and County of San Francisco, and East Palo Alto before joining the City of Oakland as the Director of Parks and Recreation in 2004

I began my position as the Director of Oakland Parks & Recreation eleven years ago. As the first female Director in the more than 100-year history, I believed my purpose was to expose, empower, engage and excite others about our natural spaces. During my tenure, I managed:

 

  •  Staff of nearly 1400 full and part-time employees
  • Park assets including 2,500 acres of open space (140 parks)
  • 28 recreation, community and interpretive centers
  • 14 community gardens
  • 44 outdoor tennis courts
  • Three golf courses
  • 53 athletic fields
  • Five swimming pools.

I also oversaw the development of the East Oakland Sports Complex, the management of the Dunsmuir-Hellman Historic Estate, Joaquin Miller Park and Lake Merritt, and supported several conservation efforts on park land managed by Oakland Parks and Recreation.

As Superintendent of the Southern Division of the City and County of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, I managed Golden Gate Park, McLaren Park and the Conservatory of Flowers where I was instrumental in the Save the America’s Treasures Initiative.  My forty years of experience in parks and recreations have given me a strong background in recreation/park development with particular emphasis on connecting with diverse and underserved communities.  Although retired, I remain a strong voice of commitment and dedication to work, constantly advocating and conveying the message of the value of parks, recreation, conservation, preservation, open space and play.

I hold a Master’s degree in Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California, Moraga, California and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Redlands, Redlands, California.  

I serve on the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission, Board member of the Regional Parks Foundation, the Martin Luther King Freedom Center Board of Directors, past President of the National Recreation and Park Ethnic Minority Society, past Chair of the California Minority Association, member of the National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA). I also appeared on the cover of NRPA Magazine and have been featured in the magazine for changing demographics.

 

I am married with two adult children.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • Gavin Newsom Lieutenant Governor
  • John Sutter, Incumbent Director, East Bay Regional Park District
  • BWOPA-PAC.

Organizations (2)

  • East Bay Women's Political Caucus
  • East Bay Regional Parks Police Association

Elected Officials (13)

  • Bill Riley, Linda Handy Peralta Trustee's
  • William "Bill"Patterson EBMUD Board of Directors
  • Ron Dellums Former Congressmember/Mayor City of Oakland
  • Lynette McElhaney President of Oakland City Council
  • Barbara Parker Oakland City Attorney
  • Don Tatkzin Lafayette City Council Member
  • Robert Rayburn Bart Director
  • Larry Reid Oakland President Pro Tem
  • Elihue Harris Former Mayor and Assembly-member
  • East Bay Regional Park District's Whitney Dotson, Beverly Lane, Doug Siden, Ayn Wieskamp,
  • Libby Schaaf, Oakland Mayor, Mike Anderson, Lafayette Vice Mayor, Annie Campbell-Washington, Oakland Vice Mayor
  • Nate Miley Alameda Supervisor
  • Sandre Swanson Former Assembly-member/Oakland Deputy Mayor

Individuals (52)

  • Cynthia Adams Educator
  • Henry Gardener Oakland City Manager Retired
  • William 'Bill" Carman Moraga Park and Recreation Commissioner, LaMorinda Dogs
  • Debbie Barnes, Deborah Cooper and Michael Hammock Community leaders
  • Pat Obrien Former General Manager, CA Recreation and Park Society Member
  • Miye Takagi Community Leader
  • Marsha Peterson, Barry Miller, Toshia Marshall OPR Commissioners
  • Harriet Schwartz, Julie Stillman Rossmoor Community
  • Ellen Bean, Andrew Johnson, Ken Lupoff
  • Linda Richardson, Toye Moses Community Advocates
  • Gerry Garzon Director
  • Richard Cowan Community Activist
  • Otis Lee Jones-Attorney at Law
  • Carol Woods, Kimberly Arnold
  • Dr Doris Limbrick ACTS
  • Valarie Lewis Attorney
  • James Williams Deputy Fire Chief Petaluma
  • Maurice Stevenson Community Leader
  • Attorneys, Valarie Lewis and Barbara Parker
  • Sandy Robinson
  • Kevin, Jacqueline, Akiba and Tashia McKinney
  • Dr. Karen Hill
  • John and Del Handy -Musician and Community Activist
  • Dr Greg and Janice Grant
  • Emily Rosenburg, Kip Walsh, Ellen Parkinson
  • Angela Pinon, Ellen Wu, Cat Cornelius, Cheryilynn Abaye
  • Darrell N. Taylor, DeOnte N. Taylor and Donneshia N. Taylor
  • Pastor Lawerence Vanhook (Community Church)
  • Pastor Raymond Lankford (Healthy Communities)
  • Bishop Bob Jackson ACTS Full Gospel
  • John Bliss and Kim Thompson
  • Rick Ricards
  • Dr Karen Bohlke Martin Luther King Freedom Center
  • Dr Roy Wilson Martin Luther King Freedom Center
  • Dave Collins, Assistant General Manager, retired Pat O'Brien, General Manager, retired and California Recreation & Park
  • Ethel Howze, Teresa DeLoach Reed and Tom Guarino, Victoria Salinas
  • Rue Mapp Outdoor Enthusiast
  • Ed Fitzpatrick Lexus Coliseum
  • Ann Woodell Founder of Oakland Friends of Parks and Recreation/Former Park Commissioner
  • George Holland President of NAACP
  • Julie Hadnot, Carl Hackney, Mark Alexander,
  • Camile Cyrus, JaEvon Marshall,
  • Dwayne and Veronica Jones Bay Area Activist
  • Lynn Hiden Circulation Commissioner
  • Diego Gonzalez Vice-Chair CA Democratic Club Chicano-Latino Caucus
  • Twinkie, Mio, Mia and Sophia Flores Community Activist
  • Sheila Wells Community Advocate
  • Benny, Nell, Hector and Pamela Cooley
  • Dr Joel Parrot Oakland Zoo
  • Jesse Woods, Joe Moore, Jason Mitchell
  • Maira Perez Delasquez Martin Luther King Freedom Center
  • Saundra Andrews, Martin Luther King, Jr. Board Member Kiran Bawa, Budget Director, City of Oakland Sarah Bedford, Oaklan

Political Beliefs

Position Papers

My priorities

Summary

My entire professional life has been dedicated to the management of community parks and recreation programs.  I believe we must value our parks and conserve our natural resources.

Preserve open space

Grow and enhance youth
educational programs

Expand access to diverse and underserved
communities in urban areas

Ensure the Park District has the
resources to maintain and protect
our park assets

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