Karen Mauney-Brodek, President
Karen Mauney-Brodek is responsible for all day-to-day operations, long-range planning and the fiscal health and well-being of the conservancy. She works with the board and staff to develop the budget, expand fundraising efforts, create programming and design strategies to further the organization’s mission to protect, restore and maintain parks of the Emerald Necklace designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. Prior to joining the conservancy in August 2016, Karen served as a program and project manager for the City of San Francisco Parks Department where she led outreach, communications, planning, design and construction of numerous public park renovation projects and initiatives, including internal and external stakeholder management. Previous to her ten years with San Francisco Parks, she was chief of the Design Build Program in the Design & Construction Division of the New York Department of Parks & Recreation, managing a $15–20 million annual program which selected, designed, and built or rebuilt all or portions of 100 parks and playgrounds annually. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University and dual master’s degrees in Architecture, and City and Regional Planning/Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley.