VP Candidate Kyla Brown

Kyla Brown
Kyla Brown, CPRE
Parks Director/General Manager
Riverside County Parks & Open Space District
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Why have you chosen to run for the CPRS State Board of Directors?
As a parks and recreation professional with over 27 years of experience, I bring a wide array of knowledge and personal attributes to the Board. I have had the honor of working in both the City of Fontana and the County of Riverside with wide range of experience in land management, planning, park operations, campground management, community center, water park, and sports park operations, special events, contract classes, marketing and public communications, and customer service. As the Parks Director/General Manager for RivCoParks, I help manage over 100,000 acres of land, 175+ miles of trails, 10 open-space reserves, 7 regional camping parks, 3 historic oriented parks, 3 nature centers, and specialty facilities. I have a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and a Master of Public Administration. I whole-heartedly believe in lifelong learning and development and in 2016 I became a Certified Park and Recreation Executive (CPRE). In 2017 I became a credentialed California County Senior Executive (CSAC Institute for Excellence in County Government), earned a Certificate for Tourism Planning for Parks and Recreation Agencies in 2018, and in 2021 graduated from High Performance Leadership Academy. I believe I bring a unique perspective, having served both a city and a county, and have been a demonstrated leader at both the state and national levels. I also have an open-mind and believe we all continue to grow and learn together - from one another and through our service to the public.

What personal attributes, skills, or knowledge would you bring to the State Board of Directors if elected?
CPRS has been a critical partner in my success as a leader in parks and recreation. Attending trainings and then joining as a member served as a pivotal point in my career, helping me to see how I could make a career out of positively impacting people in my community through quality programs and services. CPRS truly taught me how to make lives better. I am interested in serving as Vice President and continuing on in the Presidential series. I've long been invested in giving back and continuing to learn through CPRS. I've been blessed to meet some of the most amazing leaders in the profession through service. Through CPRS, I have gained knowledge and experience helping me to achieve my goals. It's now time I invest what I can to help the profession continue to evolve into what our members need most. I hope to connect with the next generation of leaders and help develop them to be the best they can be.

What is the greatest challenge our profession faces and how will you lead to address that challenge?
One of the greatest challenges our profession faces today continues to be advocacy for parks and recreation as essential services. The pandemic highlighted just how important parks are to addressing social, physical and mental well-being, and time and again our staff were called upon to meet the needs of communities. Whether it was serving food door-to-door (or drive-thru style), adapting programs to take place outdoors, or bringing education and information to people virtually, our teams delivered. The general public turned to parks when they had no other options and outdoor recreation grew exponentially as a result. We need to continue to advocate for the proper resources to ensure our parks and recreation spaces are safe, accessible, and offered with equity at the core. When people think of infrastructure, parks should be part of what they see and demand improvements in. As Vice President, I will help advocate for necessary funding and policy to improve the programs, services, and spaces throughout California. Further, I will help make resources available to all of our members so we can amplify our message and make a difference together.