Karen Mauney-Brodek, President
As the Conservancy’s President, Karen Mauney-Brodek works with Conservancy staff and board members to spearhead capital projects, develop and grow park programs, establish annual budgets, expand fundraising efforts and boost public awareness of the parks to further the organization’s mission to protect, restore and maintain the 1,100 acres of the Emerald Necklace. Her tenure has seen the successful planning and execution of Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace, a large-scale, world-class art exhibition of five “fog sculptures” from Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya, which substantially increased the local and national profile of the Emerald Necklace parks, alongside a comprehensive pilot signage program in the parks and a major refresh of the exhibit and display space in the Conservancy’s Shattuck Visitor Center. She has also led the Conservancy’s partnership with neighborhood advocates for a major revitalization of Charlesgate Park where Boston’s Back Bay meets the Kenmore neighborhood.
Prior to joining the Conservancy in August 2016, Karen served as the Deputy Director for Park Planning and the Manager of the Community Opportunity Fund for the City of San Francisco Parks Department where she led outreach, communications, planning, design and construction of numerous projects and initiatives, including internal and external stakeholder management. She developed two public bond measures overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters that provided almost $400M in park funding. Additionally, she led and managed the $25M master plan and renovation of Glen Canyon Park, $10M renovation of two new playgrounds in Civic Center Plaza, and an improvement plan for McLaren Park and central “boulevard”, adding over $6M in bike, pedestrian and environmental improvements. She was also the chair of the Restroom Taskforce, which planned, prioritized and renovated all of the freestanding park restrooms in San Francisco Parks.
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 $15M annual program which selected, designed, and built or rebuilt all or portions of 100 parks and playgrounds annually. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Columbia University and dual master’s degrees in Architecture, and City and Regional Planning/Urban Design from the University of California, Berkeley.