Board of Directors
The East Bay Regional Park District is governed by a seven-member board of directors, who are publicly elected to serve four-year terms. Each Board Member represents a specific geographic area of the Park District. The District itself comprises all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
For more information about the Park District Board of Directors, contact Allen Pulido, Clerk of the Board, at 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), extension 2020, or by email at APulido@ebparks.org.
- Ward 1 Board Member: Whitney Dotson
- Ward 2 Board Member: John Sutter
- Ward 3 Board Member: Carol Severin
- Ward 4 Board Member: Doug Siden
- Ward 5 Board Member: Ayn Wieskamp
- Ward 6 Board Member: Beverly Lane
- Ward 7 Board Member: Ted Radke
- General Manager: Robert E. Doyle
- Ward Boundary Map
Mr. Dotson was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2008. A long-term resident of Parchester Village in Richmond, Dotson is a well-known community activist who served as president of his neighborhood council and now serves as Vice Chair. He is the president of North Richmond Shoreline Open Space Alliance, a group of community and environmental organizations and individuals working to save access to the open space along the northern shoreline of Richmond. Mr. Dotson also served as the Associate Director of the Neighborhood House of North Richmond, a non-profit agency that provides services to North Richmond residents, and is Vice Chair of the Community Advisory Group monitoring the cleanup of Campus Bay and UC Berkeley Richmond Field Station. Prior to being elected to the board, he served as an appointed member of the Park District Park Advisory Committee.
Dotson holds a masters' degree in Public Health Planning, Administration, and Education from UC Berkeley.
Mr. Dotson represents: Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, part of Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo.
Parks in his ward include: Brooks Island, Eastshore State Park, Kennedy Grove, Miller/Knox, Point Isabel, Point Pinole, Sobrante Ridge, Tilden, and Wildcat Canyon.
First elected to the Board of Directors in 1996, Mr. Sutter was re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Mr. Sutter previously served as Oakland Vice Mayor, Oakland City Council member (elected three terms), Deputy District Attorney, and 14 years as an Alameda County Superior Court Judge. He has previously held the office of President, People for Open Space (now Greenbelt Alliance), and has served on the boards of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), Sierra Club (local group), YMCA, OCCUR, Oakland Shoreline Committee, BART Trails Committee, Oakland Arts Council and the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission. Mr. Sutter is a Graduate of Oakland High School, Harvard and Stanford Law School. Mr. Sutter, an Oakland resident, is married and has three children.
John Sutter represents: most of Oakland, Piedmont, Canyon, Moraga, Orinda, Orinda Village, Rheem Valley, Lafayette, Rossmoor, and part of Walnut Creek.
Parks in his ward include: portion of Briones, Anthony Chabot (north of Keller Ave. if extended east), Claremont Canyon, Huckleberry, Leona Open Space, a small portion of Las Trampas, Redwood, Roberts, Sibley, and Temescal.
Elected to the Board of Directors in November, 1994 and re-elected in 1998, 2002, and 2006, Mrs. Severin has received Undergraduate and Graduate degrees in Recreation, and is a San Francisco State University professor emeritus. Mrs. Severin previously served for 14 years as a Board Member of the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District. She has held statewide positions with the California Association of Recreation and Park Districts and is currently on the Board of Directors of that organization. Mrs. Severin has been a Board Member of California Special Districts Association, and Treasurer and District Director of the California Park and Recreation Society, and has been the recipient of the prestigious Pugsley Award. Mrs. Severin is married, and is a resident of Castro Valley. The California Park & Recreation Society (CPRS) recently bestowed a Fellowship Award in the Professional Service award series to Carol Severin for lifetime significant contributions to the California parks and recreation profession.
Carol Severin represents: Castro Valley, most of Hayward, Union City, and a portion of Fremont.
Parks in her ward include: Anthony Chabot (south of Keller Ave. if extended east), Lake Chabot, Cull Canyon, Don Castro, Dry Creek/Pioneer, Garin, Hayward Shoreline, a portion of Pleasanton Ridge, Quarry Lakes, and Vargas Plateau.
First elected to the Board of Directors in November, 1992, Mr. Siden was re-elected in 1996 and in 2000, 2004 and 2008. Prior to his retirement in 1999, he was Executive Director of a successful program to provide environmental education and recreational experiences to youth, children, families and adults for over 20 years. Mr. Siden holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters Degree. He also received an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from the American Baptist Seminary of the West for his leadership. His community service includes being president of the Alameda County Chapter of the California Special Districts Association, past chair of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, vice chair of the Waterfront Action, and chair of the Alameda Rotary Club's Community Grants Committee. Previously he served as advisory commissioner for the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the Point Reyes National Seashore. Mr. Siden, a resident of Alameda, is married with two children.
Doug Siden represents: Alameda, a portion of Oakland, part of Hayward, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo.
Parks in his ward include: a small portion of Anthony Chabot, Crown Beach, Oyster Bay, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Regional Shoreline.
Director Wieskamp has served the East Bay Regional Park District Board since June 1999. Before joining the Board, she served on the Livermore Area Recreation and Park District Board, the Livermore City Council, the Alameda County Recycling Board and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency. She received the 1998 California Association of Recreation and Park District's Special Award for her development of special family events and her efforts to expand open space and trails. She is a former public school teacher and currently leads recreation classes. She is married and resides in Livermore.
Ayn Wieskamp represents: Brightside, Dublin, part of Fremont, Livermore, Newark, Pleasanton, Scott's Corner, and Sunol.
Parks in her ward include: Ardenwood, Brushy Peak, Dublin Hills, Coyote Hills, Del Valle, Mission Peak, Monument Peak, Ohlone, a portion of Pleasanton Ridge, Shadow Cliffs, Sunol, and Tassajara Creek.
Beverly Lane is a Director of the East Bay Regional Park District and has an extensive record of public service. She, her husband Jim and three sons moved to Danville in 1973.
Beverly has been active politically in support of the environment since she first walked door to door in Sacramento urging voters to support the proposed California Coastal Commission. She served on the Danville Town Council from 1982 to 1993, was mayor three times, chaired the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority in 1988 and was president of California Elected Women in 1992-93.
Elected to the EBRPD Board of Directors in 1994, she has led efforts to establish the Iron Horse Regional Trail, the Calaveras Ridge Trail and Sycamore Valley Open Space Park. She is particularly interested in preserving cultural resources in the regional parks. In 2008-9 she served on the Community Advisory Committee reviewing reuse plans for the Concord Naval Weapons Station where a 2500 acre regional park is planned.
As a Regional Park Director she has focused on expanding and promoting use of regional parks and trails in the East Bay. This year she is focused on encouraging people to walk for health, and on promoting the message, Healthy Parks, Healthy People. The Park District covers Alameda and Contra Costa Counties in the East San Francisco Bay, manages 65 parks and covers 108,000 acres.
As a local historian, Ms. Lane is a published author, columnist and curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley. She was the founding president of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and is currently president of the Contra Costa County Historical Society. Her most recent book is "Vintage Danville, 150 Years of Memories".
Her work has been recognized with these awards: San Ramon Valley Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year two times, The Mountain Star award for environmental leadership from Save Mount Diablo, the Open Gate award from the Eugene O¹Neill Foundation. In 2010 she was recognized for her work on the Iron Horse Trail, with an Award for Distinguished Leadership from the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the California Recreational Trails Committee Award, designated by the California Greenways and Trails Conference.
Director Lane represents Alamo, Blackhawk, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Tassajara, and part of Walnut Creek. Parks in her ward are Bishop Ranch, eastern portion of Briones, Diablo Foothills, most of Las Trampas, Morgan Territory, Round Valley, and Sycamore Valley.
First elected to the Board of Directors in 1978, Mr. Radke has been reelected seven times to serve on the Board for 28 consecutive years. He previously served as Board President in 1986, 1987, 1995 and 2003. He received his Master's Degree in Social Science from California State University at San Francisco in 1969 and before retiring in 2004 was a political science professor at Contra Costa Community College. He has served as an academic consultant to the State of California Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training, Command College, Center for leadership Development. Mr. Radke is co-founder of Contra Costa Ecology Action and Eco-info. Prior to his election to the Park District Board, Mr. Radke served on the Martinez City Council and on the Association of Bay Area Governments. Mr. Radke, a resident of Martinez, is married and has three children.
Ted Radke represents: Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Clyde, Crockett, Discovery Bay, Hercules, Martinez, Muir, Nevada Dock, Oakley, Oleum, Pacheco, part of Pinole, Pittsburg, Port Costa, Rodeo, Selby, and Tormey.
Parks in his ward include: Antioch/Oakley Shoreline, Bay Point, Big Break, Black Diamond Mines, the northwestern portion of Briones, Browns Island, Carquinez Strait Shoreline, Contra Loma, Crockett Hills, Martinez Shoreline, San Pablo Bay, Waterbird Preserve/McNabney Marsh, and Vasco Caves.
Robert Doyle is a veteran of the parks and open space field with a career spanning 35 plus years. He currently serves as General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in the San Francisco Bay area which is the largest local park district in the United States serving a diverse population of users in an urban interface setting, with 15 million visitors per year to its 65 parks and 1,200 miles of trails on 114,000 acres of open space.
In 2013 Mr. Doyle began service as a Trustee for the National Association for Olmsted Parks, an organization with the mission to advance Olmsted principles and the legacy of irreplaceable parks and landscapes that revitalize communities and enrich people’s lives; he was also inducted into the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration, an organization of distinguished practitioners and scholars committed to the advancement of the park and recreation field. Doyle is a founding member of Save Mount Diablo, a nonprofit land trust and conservation organization that serves to save lands from development and add acreage to the California State Park Mount Diablo, one of the Ecological Treasures of the San Francisco Bay Area. As Board president, he led the growth of the organization from 1,000 to 5,000 members. He has also served as a board member of the Bay Area Open Space Council, as a founding board member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, and was appointed to the first Board of Directors of the Agricultural-Natural Resources Trust of Contra Costa County.
He has received industry recognition including a Mountain Star Award from Save Mount Diablo (2002) and a Lifetime Achievement Award from California Trails and Greenways (2010).
He began his career as a park ranger, serving at diverse parks within EBRPD and moving to the administrative side first working in Planning & Design Department and then on trails in the Land Department, later becoming a Chief and then Assistant General Manager in 1990, where he served for 21 years.
Mr. Doyle’s achievements at the Park District include co-authoring expenditure plans for both the $500 million Bond Measure WW Extension approved by voters in 2008, and the earlier Measure AA approved in 1988. He developed the master plan for the Park District’s nationally recognized multi-use urban trail system, which received a $10.2 million U.S. Department of Transportation Grant in 2010. Mr. Doyle was also the lead negotiator for a partnership with the East Contra Costa County Habitat Conservancy that has resulted in thousands of acres of preserved open space in eastern Contra Costa County.
He attended Diablo Valley College and San Francisco State University, as well as completing continuing education courses at University of California at Davis, the International Right of Way Association, and the National Park and Recreation Association. He graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a BA in Management and is a black belt in Aikido. Doyle is a resident of Walnut Creek and was born and raised in Contra Costa County.
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