Pledge 1%'s #WomenWhoLead series celebrates female leaders who are paving the way for the next generation. While our featured leaders come from a variety of backgrounds and industries, they are united in their efforts to promote equality for all women in the workplace. We’ve asked them to share a bit about their journey to success, as well as lessons they’ve learned along the way.
California State Parks Commissioner, State of California
San Francisco, CA
What is your current role? Briefly describe in 1-2 sentences.
The State of California has 280 parks and is widely considered to have the highest quality park system in the world. As a member of the State Parks Commission, I develop policies and recommendations to improve and protect our park system--my role includes expanding access and increasing diversity in our parks.
This year's International Women's Day theme is "Embrace Equity." What does this mean to you? How can we build workplaces that are more equitable and inclusive?
In addition to my role promoting equity as a State Parks Commissioner, I also work to advance environmental equity through grant-making and community building at the San Francisco Foundation, where I have worked for twelve years to build a more inclusive and equitable Bay Area.
Do you have any mentors or role models who have helped you on your personal journey?
Wangari Maathai, Dorothea Lang, Mary Oliver, Michelle Obama
What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?
Lead from behind.
The past few years have brought many new and unprecedented challenges. What keeps you motivated or inspires you to stay optimistic?
The beauty and resilience of nature.
Pledge 1% helps companies of all sizes and stages leverage their assets for social good. Why do you think it's important that companies prioritize social impact? Do you have any specific stories or examples from your work or colleagues you can share?
Many companies have been able to grow and thrive because, and in spite of, destructive practices, from exploiting and destroying our natural resources to unfair labor and human rights practices. It's time to give back!
If you could describe yourself in one word what would that be and why?
Enthusiastic. I am amused and curious about everything.
Do you have any unique or useful life hacks to help get through your day?
Morning nature walks every day.
Do you have any go-to apps or tools use love to use?
Love hiking with the Relive app and taking a selfie with my friends midway. Also getting ready to launch my parks challenge on OuterSpatial!
What are you looking forward to this year? Are there any goals (personal or professional), activities, or experiences you are excited about?
I made a public commitment to visit all 280 of our state parks so that I can not only learn about the issues our parks face but also experience the awe and joy that parks inspire.