What makes our board special

Our board president reflects on our diverse and dedicated directors

One group of volunteers you may not hear much about is Friends of China Camp’s Board of Directors. This group of diverse and dedicated individuals has the important role of legally and financially approving and overseeing all park operations.

It takes a wide range of skills to make it all work. Looking for someone who can speak Mandarin and Cantonese, build a Chinese junk, or construct expert stonemasonry? Our board’s got ‘em, plus avid hikers, bikers, birders, and all-around nature lovers.

Our board members have education and experience that helps FOCC navigate all aspects of operating the park. Board members have degrees in business, engineering, historic preservation, educational policy and leadership studies, cultural resource management, medicine, nursing, and more. Backgrounds include military service, software and business development, finance, hospital emergency room management, university academics, historic preservation, and construction. Some of our board members also come with the experience of having served on similar nonprofit boards, in Marin and elsewhere.

In addition to their board work, most of these volunteers spend many additional hours in the park giving tours, repairing trails, maintaining buildings, and greeting visitors.  

Our dedicated volunteer board members keep dreaming up ways to make the park better, and then how to make those dreams reality. This past summer, FOCC’s board began an extensive strategic planning process, envisioning the future of the park. Among projects already underway or in the planning process include improved signage, better protection of historic structures, new programs and facilities, increased staff, and ongoing board development. As the process continues, we will be reaching out to volunteers, supporters, and visitors for input.

Got ideas? Please share them with us at info@friendsofchinacamp.org For detailed bios of each of our board members and FOCC staff, visit our website.—by FOCC Board Chair Andy Kives

Photo: sheila coll/FOCC