The East Bay Regional Park District is governed by a seven-member Board of Directors. Each Director represents a specific geographic area of the District known as a ward. The District itself comprises all of Alameda and Contra Costa counties. Directors are publicly elected to serve four-year terms with elections staggered every two years in November; three terms expire in one even-numbered year and four terms expire the following even-numbered year. All elections and nominations of candidates for Directors will be held and conducted in accordance with the general election laws of the State. Candidates must be residents and electors of the wards from which they are nominated. Candidates should contact election officials in both counties (Alameda County Registrar of Voters and Contra Costa County Election Division) for filing requirements, and refer to the District’s Board Operating Guidelines for more election information.
For more information about the Park District Board of Directors, contact Yolande Barial Knight, Clerk of the Board, at 1-888-EBPARKS (1-888-327-2757), extension 2020, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ward 1 Board Member
Term expires end of 2020
Whitney Dotson was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2008. A long-term resident of Parchester Village in Richmond, Director 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. Director 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.
Director Dotson represents Albany, Berkeley, El Cerrito, El Sobrante, Kensington, part of Pinole, Richmond and San Pablo.
Parks in his ward include Brooks Island, Kennedy Grove, McLaughlin Eastshore, Miller/Knox, Point Isabel, Point Pinole, Sobrante Ridge, Tilden, and Wildcat Canyon.
Ward 2 Board Member
Term expires end of 2020
Dee Rosario is the new Board member representing Ward Two. Prior to his retirement, Director Rosario worked for EBRPD for 37 years as a park ranger, firefighter, fire lieutenant, and as park supervisor of Redwood Regional Park. He has served on the Alameda County Parks, Recreation and Historical Commission; the Board of Directors for the Friends of Sausal Creek; the Regional Parks Association Board of Directors; the Oakland Fire-Safe Council Board; and co-convened for the California Alliance of Retired Americans. Director Rosario was born in Oakland and raised in the East Bay; he graduated from Mt. Eden High School in Hayward, earned an associate’s degree from Chabot Community College, and attended California State University, East Bay. Director Rosario is married and resides in Oakland.
Director Rosario represents most of Canyon, Lafayette, Moraga, Oakland, Orinda, Orinda Village, Piedmont, Rheem Valley, Rossmoor, and part of Walnut Creek.
Parks in his ward include a portion of Anthony Chabot, Briones, Claremont Canyon, Huckleberry, a small portion of Las Trampas, Leona Open Space, Redwood, Roberts, Sibley, and Temescal.
Ward 3 Board Member
Term expires end of 2022
Dennis Waespi was elected to the Board of Directors in November 2014. He worked at the East Bay Regional Park District in a variety of positions for 36 years, beginning in 1974. Director Waespi served on the Castro Valley Sanitary District Board of Directors from 1999 to 2011 and on the Hayward Area Recreation and Park District Board of Directors from 2008 to 2014. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Alameda County Waste Management Authority, the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling, and the Alameda County Parks, Recreation, and Historical Commission.
Director Waespi is currently a member of the Alameda Fire Advisory Commission and the Castro Valley Sanitary District Community Advisory Commission. He is married and resides in Castro Valley.
Director Waespi represents Castro Valley, a portion of Fremont, most of Hayward, and Union City.
Parks in his ward include Anthony Chabot, Cull Canyon, Don Castro, Dry Creek/Pioneer, Garin, Hayward Shoreline, Lake Chabot, a portion of Pleasanton Ridge, Quarry Lakes, and Vargas Plateau.
Ward 4 Board Member
Term expires end of 2020
Ellen Corbett is the new Board member representing Ward Four. Director Corbett was the majority leader of the California State Senate, representing the 10th District. She was first elected to the state Senate in 2006 and reelected in 2010. Previously she was a member of the California State Assembly (1998 – 2004), a San Leandro City Council Member and Mayor of San Leandro. She has worked as an attorney, community college professor, and civic activist.
Director Corbett was born in Oakland and her hometown is Hayward. She attended Chabot Community College and California State University, East Bay. She has a bachelor of science degree in political science from UC Davis and a law degree from the McGeorge School of Law at the University of the Pacific.
Director Corbett represents Alameda, part of Hayward, a portion of Oakland, San Leandro, and San Lorenzo.
Parks in her ward include a small portion of Anthony Chabot, Crown Beach, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Oyster Bay.
Ward 5 Board Member
Term expires end of 2022
Ayn 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.
Director Wieskamp represents Brightside, Dublin, part of Fremont, Livermore, Newark, Pleasanton, Scott's Corner, and Sunol.
Parks in her ward include Ardenwood, Brushy Peak, Coyote Hills, Del Valle, Dublin Hills, Mission Peak, Monument Peak, Ohlone, a portion of Pleasanton Ridge, Shadow Cliffs, Sunol, and Tassajara Creek.
Ward 6 Board Member
Term expires end of 2022
Beverly Lane is a Director of the East Bay Regional Park District with an extensive record of public service. She, her husband Jim and three sons moved to Danville in 1973.
Director Lane 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 the 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.
As a local historian, Director 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 a past president of the Contra Costa County Historical Society.
Director Lane represents Alamo, Blackhawk, Clayton, Concord, Danville, Diablo, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, Tassajara, and most of Walnut Creek.
Parks in her ward include Bishop Ranch, the eastern portion of Briones, Diablo Foothills, Las Trampas, Morgan Territory, Round Valley, Sycamore Valley, and Vasco Caves. Trails in her ward include Contra Costa Canal Trail and Iron Horse Regional Trail.
Ward 7 Board Member
Term expires end of 2022
Colin Coffey was appointed to the Board in Jan. 2017. Previously he served on the Park District’s Park Advisory Committee twice, first appointed by former EBRPD Director Ted Radke from 2001 - 2009 and also appointed by the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors from 2012- 2017. He has also been a volunteer Ambassador for the parks for 12 years. He is a longtime supporter of the John Muir Land Trust and a member of the Regional Parks Foundation.
Director Coffey is a partner at the firm Best, Best & Krieger in Walnut Creek. Director Coffey is a public health attorney, representing public and nonprofit healthcare providers. He is a past president of the Contra Costa BAR association. Director Coffey is married, has two children and resides in Hercules. He is a lifelong resident of Contra Costa County.
Director Coffey represents Antioch, Bay Point, Bethel Island, Brentwood, Byron, Crockett, Discovery Bay, Hercules, Knightsen, Martinez, Mt. View, Oakley, Pacheco, a portion of Pinole, Pittsburg, Port Costa, Rodeo, and Vine Hill.
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, Radke Martinez Shoreline, San Pablo Bay, Vasco Caves, and Waterbird Preserve/McNabney Marsh.
Robert E. Doyle is a veteran of the parks and recreation field with a career spanning 40-plus years. He currently serves as General Manager EBRPD, the largest local park agency in the United States with 1,000 employees serving a diverse population of users in an urban interface setting, including 25 million visitors per year. EBRPD manages 73 parks, including 3 State Parks, providing recreation and interpretive opportunities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties with 1,250 miles of trails and over 122,000 acres including 8 lakes, 10 interpretive centers, and 55 miles of SF Bay shoreline.
As part of his responsibility to advance the mission and vision of the East Bay Parks, Mr. Doyle advocates for urban parks and recreation and best practices for managing public lands, garnering support nationally and internationally. He has presented at IUCN World Parks conferences, as well as at national park and public lands conferences on youth engagement, diversity, economic benefits and development, and climate resilience. He has also developed regional and state-wide park leadership groups to build coalitions of support for state and local parks. As co-chair of the statewide State Parks Partners Coalition, he was a key leader in advancing a state parks bond to the ballot for the first time in over 15 years. Mr. Doyle has testified before Congress on National Parks and the Land & Water Conservation Fund.
Mr. Doyle serves as a member of 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. In 2010 he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from California Trails and Greenways and, in 2002, a Mountain Star Award from Save Mount Diablo. He is a member of IUCN International Urban Protected Areas Committee.
Mr. Doyle began his career as a park ranger with EBRPD and moved to the Planning & Design Department where he worked to develop a first of its kind Regional Trails Master Plan. He later became a Chief, then Assistant General Manager for Land and Planning in 1990, where he served for 21 years – leading the greatest expansion of parks and trails in the Park District’s nearly 85-year history, he co-authored two regional park bonds Measures AA (1988) and WW (2008). He was appointed General Manager by the Board of Directors in 2010.
In 1971, Mr. Doyle was a founding board member of Save Mount Diablo, a nonprofit land trust and conservation organization that serves to support the State Park; he served on the board for 25 years, with several years as Board president. Mr. Doyle was also a founding board member of the East Bay Conservation Corps and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council and served as a board member of the Bay Area Open Space Council. He has also served as a trustee for the National Association of Olmsted Parks.
Mr. Doyle graduated from Saint Mary’s College with a BA in Management. He has two adult children, two adult step-sons, and two grandchildren. Mr. Doyle is a resident of Walnut Creek, where he lives with his wife, Tina Batt.