Michele Beasley, New Executive Director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation

After nearly 11 years of championing the places that make the Bay Area special at Greenbelt Alliance, Michele Beasley will be leaving the organization to serve as executive director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation.

I want to give Michele a very enthusiastic congratulations on the new position and convey how much I appreciate everything she has done for Greenbelt Alliance. It’s been truly amazing to watch her contributions grow and grow over the years.

Michele’s fingerprints are all over many of our big conservation and smart growth wins from the past decade, such as:

During her time at Greenbelt Alliance, Michele also launched our very first regional newsletter (Plan Jose, anyone?), organized countless walking tours and events with influential speakers, contributed to policy reports, successfully campaigned for or against ballot measures, brought PARK(ing) Day to San Jose, chaired committees and councils, mentored past staff members, and so much more.

Michele, you’ve created some very big shoes for the next person to step into. And again, congratulations!

Jeremy Madsen
Chief Executive Officer

3 Comments on “Michele Beasley, New Executive Director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation

  1. I am disappointed that I will not be woking with Michele in Sunnyvale. She is a delight–upbeat, supportive, encouraging, knowledgeable, fun and unfailingly pleasant to work with. I appreciate all she has done for our region. San Mateo County Parks is most fortunate.

  2. Michelle was the first person I met concerning smart growth for the City of San Jose. She was generous with her time and knowledge. Her passion to safeguard green space and the air we breathe shined! Many thanks to Michelle and Greenbelt Alliance for constant attention to smart growth issues and helping the community understand why open space is important. Cheers to Michelle and her new adventure with the Parks!

  3. Michelle was always a fresh voice at Grand Blvd Initiative. With insightful reports summarizing activities along the corridor, she had a second sense of the limitations each advocate is faced with. Gently nudging us towards our common goals, she was patient and respectful, but also determined in sharing her streetwise view of housing opportunities from Daly City to Diridon. Her optimism was infectious, and caused each member of the Initiative to celebrate with her on each small step towards an improved corridor for all modes of travel. Congratulations, Michelle. Keep up the great work with Parks!

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