Getting (and Taking!) Good Advice

How do you stay on top of your game? Here at the Institute, we’re always trying to make sure we’re doing our best work to advance our mission of “parks as problem solvers”. To help us stay on top of our game, we are immensely fortunate to have not only a dedicated and talented staff, but also to have access to some of the smartest people in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond on our Institute Advisory Council. With civic leaders and inspiring figures from the technology sector, new media, research and academia, and civil society, we are blessed in the quality of people willing to volunteer their time to guide and advise our work.

Last week, the Council held a one-day retreat in San Francisco to review our work and help us plan for the future. It is now three years almost to the day since the Institute refined its mission to focus on the role parks can play in helping solve major societal challenges like our healthcare crisis and climate change, and so it felt timely to take a step back from our daily work and review progress with our Council. During an inspiring and productive day, the group:

  • provided welcome guidance on our overall strategic direction and sustainability, and endorsed the continuation of our current mission;
  • provided deep and helpful insights into our current programs focused on health, climate change, and urban development;
  • assessed the Institute’s “niche” and role as a catalyst in advancing innovative policy and practice; and,
  • suggested how to approach and assess new program ideas.

I left the meeting inspired and eager to continue to advance our mission of “parks as problem solvers” in every way possible, and feeling armed with new tools and advice to help me stay on top of my game. To learn more about the people I find so inspiring, check out our talented team of staff and advisors here:


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