The Children & Nature Network is inspiring the global movement to increase equitable access to nature so that children - and natural places - can thrive.

The C&NN International Leadership Summit will engage 400 people in productive working sessions in six action areas: Green Schoolyards, City Government, Next Generation Leadership, Grassroots Leaders, Healthcare Providers, Nature-based Learning Research. Summit participants will work over two days to develop shared goals, action agendas and explore methods for measuring progress in their Action Areas.

Since you are participating in a specific Action Area, your schedule will be completed for you-- this means that you will not need to sign up for any Summit sessions in Sched. By the beginning of May, we will link your Sched profile to your Action Area.  
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Carol Johnson

East Bay Regional Park District
Assistant General Manager
Oakland, CA
Carol Johnson leads all community affairs partnerships, branding, communications and
external relations for the largest regional park district in the U.S. She also serves
concurrently as Executive Director of the Regional Parks Foundation, overseeing all
private fundraising and a corporate governing board whose mission is to expand access
to parks for under-represented communities.
Since joining EBRPD 16 years ago, Ms. Johnson has coordinated the Park District’s
public access to a dozen new regional parks and EBRPD’s community outreach
positioning for several successful park funding ballot initiatives. She was instrumental in
developing the Healthy Parks Healthy People Bay Area initiative with Golden Gate

National Recreation Area bringing together nine Bay Area counties to create health-
related programming in parks. Working with Dr. Nooshin Razani from UCSF Benioff

Children’s Hospital Oakland, Ms. Johnson led EBRPD’s Parks Rx model Stay Healthy in
Nature Everyday prescriptive intervention program to connect low income families and
chronically ill children with nature. SHINE has been replicated uniquely in 13 other East
Bay medical institutions or clinics with the Regional Parks.
Ms. Johnson’s background includes work in the political and private sectors for former
Oakland Mayor Lionel Wilson followed by Mervyn’s retail chain overseeing public affairs,
crisis management, media relations and community partnerships in both positions. She
is credited with creating the Oakland Film Commission bringing major motion picture
and television film production to the city, generating significant economic impacts to the
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration from University of San
Francisco, and a certificate from the Public Affairs Institute, affiliated with U.C. Berkeley.
Ms. Johnson serves as chair of the California Roundtable on Recreation, Parks and
Tourism, and Board Member for the East Bay Economic Development Alliance, Martin
Luther King, Jr. Freedom Center and UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland Center
for Nature & Health Advisory Board.