On November 13, 2012, East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert E. Doyle announced the selection of Robert Nisbet as the new Assistant General Manager of the Land Division. He will replace Nancy Wenninger, who will retire at the end of November 2012.
Nisbet has over 20 years of professional management experience, most recently as general services director for Santa Barbara County in Southern California. Prior to his twelve-year tenure with the county, he was employed as the public works director for the City of Carpinteria, California, and before that as a project engineer for Martin, Northart and Spencer, Civil Engineers and Construction Managers.
Nisbet has a long history of public service, with experience in complex project management, real property negotiation, municipal budgeting, and strategic planning. Nisbet began working for the County of Santa Barbara in 2000 as a capital projects manager, before being promoted to assistant director of general services, and in 2005, general services director.
“Bob’s varied local government experience makes him an excellent choice for the position,” said Doyle. “Bob has considerable experience working in both the public and private sectors as well as with nonprofits, community groups, and citizen advisory groups; and he has managed projects that included the creation of trails in the Los Padres National Forest.”
Along with Nisbet’s strong management skills, Doyle is also impressed with his keen understanding of California environmental regulations. “In his new role, Bob will lead projects and acquisitions that will literally shape the East Bay Regional Park District’s future. I look forward to welcoming him to the team.”
Nisbet completed a master’s degree in economics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, with emphases in public finance and urban economics, and a bachelor of science degree in construction management at Washington State University.
The East Bay Regional Park District, located in the San Francisco East Bay area, is the largest regional park agency in the nation, with 65 parks, 111,000+ acres, and over 1,150 miles of trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties. The Land Division is comprised of nearly 20 employees including planners, right-of-way agents, and geographic information specialists. The Division is responsible for environmental compliance, interagency planning coordination, and regional trails development, in addition to planning land acquisition and preservation.