San Diego parks foundation

our passionate team

Marcella Bothwell

Treasurer, Chair Marketing Committee, and Board Member, SDPF

Dr Bothwell is a retired Clinical Professor of Surgery and Pediatric Otolaryngology/ Head and Neck Surgery at UC San Diego School of Medicine, and 2014 MBA graduate of the Rady School of Management.  Dr. Bothwell was the Chair of the Pediatric Airway and Aerodigestive Team at Rady Children’s Hospital and has dedicated her life’s work to the betterment of children with disabilities. Dr Bothwell has authored over 30 scientific publications including recent article on the etiology of recurrent tonsillitis in Science Translational Medicine and other landmark journal contributions on Sinus Surgery and Pediatric Airway management. Dr Bothwell is now a Founding Circle Donor and Treasurer of the San Diego Parks Foundation and currently sits on the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Board as well as other philanthropic boards.

Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
My life’s work has been about helping children meeting them where they are at in abilities.  Children need space to play and be outside interacting with nature. In a large city, having open safe spaces close to home is key to healthy development and of mind and body.  My hope is the new Parks Foundation will aid the City to make these spaces available to all the youth “where our kids play.”

Chair Development Committee and Board Member, SDPF

Martha Phillips

Martha Phillips, a twenty year resident of San Diego is known as being a results-driven professional with an extensive record of success in business and nonprofit agencies including executive leadership roles, fundraising, program management and civic collaborations. As a visionary, Ms. Phillips spent 30 years in the financial services industry where she proved the ability to implement strategies that increase productivity, profitability, teamwork and both partner and customer satisfaction. In the past 15 years Ms. Phillips has focused her energy and passion working to support missions of various nonprofit organizations including Point Loma Association, Junior Achievement of San Diego, and Point Loma Summer Concerts.  Her many career awards include proclamations by the City Council of San Diego and San Diego County Board of Supervisors in July 20th 2018 as “Martha Phillips Day”.   

Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
It is my honor to serve on the board of the San Diego Parks Foundation. I feel lucky I’ve had opportunities to actively participate in activities at Rec Centers and parks my whole life. As a child I attended after school programs, learned to swim, play sports, and explore nature. As a teen, I learned respect, teamwork and leadership skills and appreciation for parks. My summer jobs included Youth Conservation Corp, a lifeguard and swim instructor at our town pools and beaches, and during college worked for the Appalachian Mountain Club leading hikes and activities while managing lodges in the White Mountains. Through these experiences, I’ve become a committed volunteer in support of the millions of park enthusiasts San Diegans. I have accepted the challenge to raise awareness and support for San Diego parks and bring social equity across all of the neighborhoods of San Diego. With your help we will create pride in our community and help us thrive in America’s Finest City.  

Vicki Granowitz

board member

Vicki Granowitz, is a citizen volunteer who currently serves on the City of San Diego’s Planning Commission, the Balboa Park Committee and the San Diego Parks Foundation. She personifies all that is right about staying intentionally involved with issues and plans that not only impact current residents, but also future generations on both a Citywide and community level. She has never shirked from encouraging or leading discussions of positions that may be controversial, more often than not bringing diverse groups to consensus. For over twenty five years she has participated on Boards and Committees in the areas of planning, historic preservation, parks and open space, law enforcement, homelessness and affordable housing issues among others. Vicki is a retired psychotherapist with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice Administration and a Masters of Social Work. 

Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
I have spent the last 25 years advocating for the City of San Diego's parks and open spaces, as well as the recreational opportunities they provide.  As the density of our communities increase, more residents do not have yards for children to play in.  Communal spaces provide the breathing room for our urban environment and amenities such as these have become even more essential for the physical and mental health of our citizens.  Yet the condition of our parks and open spaces as well as programing opportunities have not kept up.  I joined the San Diego Parks Foundation in the hope that we can remedy some of these deficiencies as well as create a more equitable parks system for everyone.

Jim Neri

Program Chair and Board Member, SDPF

Jim Neri is a California licensed landscape architect and in 1997 founded NLA, a San Diego-based landscape architecture firm. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and a Masters Degree in Landscape Architecture while at Cal Poly, Pomona. His work on civic projects and zoological gardens has garnered several awards and earned him a reputation for design excellence.  Jim is a past member of the San Diego Public Art Committee and Mayor’s Tree Advisory Board, a current member of Friends of Windansea Beach, and a Founding Circle Donor and Member of the San Diego Parks Foundation.

Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
As a landscape architect I practice the art of shaping place identity and joined the San Diego Parks Foundation as a natural extension of my commitment to the profession, with an aim to provide universal access to our public parks and places. By facilitating park design workshops I have worked with community groups throughout San Diego and know first-hand the passion our citizens have for public space. My goal is to serve on the San Diego Parks Foundation to see that passion fulfilled.

Alysson Satterlund, PhD

Board Member

Dr. Alysson Satterlund serves as the Vice Chancellor-Student Affairs at UC San Diego where her responsibilities include the development, management, assessment and improvement of services that meet and support the needs of over 38,000 students. She supports UC San Diego’s vision of being a student-centered, research-focused, service-oriented public university by overseeing a wide range of student services and programs ranging from student retention and success to Athletics. Dr. Satterlund has served in a number of student affairs leadership roles in both public and private higher education environments spanning a twenty-year period. Prior to her tenure at UC San Diego, Dr. Satterlund held the position of Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at California State University, San Bernardino. At CSU San Bernardino, Dr. Satterlund provided leadership in the administration of a range of policies and services across two campuses (San Bernardino and Palm Desert). A first-generation college graduate, Dr. Satterlund is deeply committed to and has led strategic campus-wide initiatives related to diversity and inclusion and student retention and success. Dr. Satterlund earned a Ph.D. in Interpersonal and Organizational Communication Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees at California State University, Chico.

Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
I said yes because safe and engaging opportunities for play and recreation create community-building and enhance physical and mental well-being. All people should have access to such experiences but especially children. When Ann asked me to help with this effort, as a mom and educator, it was a no-brainer. I also appreciate that the mission is focused on communities where play and recreation spaces are not as available as they can and should be--I also wanted to connect UC San Diego to this mission and vision.

Andy Field

Deputy Director, City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department

Andy Field is the Assistant Director of the Parks and Recreation Department for the City of San Diego. Raised in the Chicago area, Andy attended college at the University of Wyoming and received his master’s degree from San Diego State University. A Parks and Recreation professional since 2002, Andy manages over 42,000 acres of urban parkland, including Balboa Park, Mission Bay Park, Mission Trails Regional Park, and Torrey Pines Golf Course, where the PGA Tour stops every year for the Farmers Insurance Open.

William (Bill) Anderson

fAICP Principal City Economics + Planning

Bill is a Principal, City Economics + Planning at Arup, a global engineering, planning, design, and consultancy firm.  His focus is urban planning & development economics, working in cities and regions throughout California, the United States, and internationally.   
Bill was Planning Director for the City of San Diego from 2006-11.  There, he oversaw a group of dedicated planners work with citizens and elected officials to prepare San Diego’s City of Villages General Plan, which received APA’s prestigious Daniel Burnham Award for Excellence in Comprehensive Planning.   
A Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and former national President of the 38,000-member American Planning Association from 2013-15, Bill is currently President of the California Planning Roundtable.   He is a Full Member of the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Revitalization Council and Lambda Alpha, a land economics honorary society.  From 1995-2003, he served as a member/chair of San Diego’s Planning Commission and was President of Citizens Coordinate of Century 3 (C3) in the early 1990s.   He is on the boards of the City Heights Community Development Corporation and the San Diego Parks Foundation.
Bill received his B.A. in Economics & Political Science from Claremont McKenna College, and Masters in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University.  
A native San Diegan, Bill’s family values the region’s parks and special landscape.  His wife, Shawna, is a Principal Environmental Planner with the San Dieguito River Park – a 55-mile greenbelt from Julian to Del Mar.  His son, Ryan, is a counselor at Camp CaHiTo in Balboa Park.  His daughter, Mila, attends Mission Bay High School, next to Mission Bay Park.

Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
As a native San Diegan, I hope to see parks become the hearts of our neighborhoods – all of our neighborhoods.  A place that brings people of all ages together for respite, sport, leisure, learning, and community.

Ken Malbrough

board member

Kenneth Malbrough or Ken (which he prefers to go by) is a proud native San Diegan who graduated from San Diego High School and Miramar College.  He has lived in Southeast San Diego all his life. Ken retired in 2012 as a Deputy Fire Chief from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department with 31 years of experience.He is also an active community leader and advocate. He has served as Chairperson for the City of San Diego Consolidated Pan Advisory Board (6 years), Chairperson of the Chollas Valley Community Planning Group (8 years) and the O’Farrell/Valencia Park Town Council (13 years).Ken has been married for 41 years to his high school sweetheart Deborah (Nix) Malbrough. They have two children, Derrick Malbrough, Kendra Malbrough and a granddaughter Arianna Graham.

Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
Park infrastructure is an important and must need asset for a healthy community. My goal is to ensure that the planning of new parks and updates of current parks our consistently circulated with equity in mind throughout all of our San Diego communities.

Michel Anderson

board member

Michel Anderson has over 30 years experience as a business and Land use consultant specializing in governmental relations,Project management,  development processing and public affairs.Mr. Anderson has served on the Board of Directors of numerouscommunity based non-profits organizations.  Anderson earned aBA from the University of Cincinnati and a MBA from the University of San Diego.

Ann Parode Dynes

Chair, SDPF

Born in Los Angeles and residing west of Highway 1 for virtually all of my life, I came to San Diego to practice law which I did for 35 years, mostly as the general counsel at San Diego Trust & Savings Bank and then UC San Diego.  Throughout my professional life I was active in numerous professional organizations, foundations and social service organizations, serving as president of the San Diego County Bar Foundation, the San Diego Foundation, and the Lawyers Club of San Diego.  I received several recognitions for my volunteer efforts.  When I retired in 2007, I was asked to join the board of Voices for Children and now have an active interest in the wellbeing of foster kids.  I am also involved in two programs aimed at providing financial assistance for San Diegans wishing to acquire skills needed to enjoy a solid middle class life.  I have mentored two young women through A Bridge for Kids and interviewed applicants in low income neighborhoods but right now my time is quite absorbed by getting the new Parks Foundation launched and presiding over La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc.'s very active agenda of projects.
Why I joined the Board of the San Diego Parks Foundation?
I not only joined it, I started the San Diego Parks Foundation out of an awareness of the inadequacy of taxpayer funding for public parks in San Diego.  Through my work as president of two advisory boards designated by the City to advise the Parks & Recreation Department, I saw many examples of the limited resources available for park improvements and operations.  Through La Jolla Parks and Beaches, Inc., I had also become aware of the increasingly important role of non-profit auxiliaries to public institutions like parks and libraries.  So I asked for the opportunity, in concert with P&R, to form this new organization.  As I have learned more about the funding model for public parks and recreation centers, I have also become sensitized to the significant disparities in facilities and programming between newer and older communities and am delighted that this Foundation will provide a vehicle for addressing those disparities as well as providing a platform to engage local communities in the wellbeing of their neighborhoods, especially their parks, canyons and other recreational resources.

Katherine Johnston

Vice President, Presidio Public Affairs

Katherine is passionate about public spaces and their impact on San Diego’s quality of life, and is joining the San Diego Parks Foundation to support its mission of ensuring there is a quality park in every neighborhood.

 Prior to working at Presidio Public Affairs, Katherine led the external relations and communications efforts for the Downtown San Diego Partnership as its Senior Vice President of Communication, as well as served as a senior policy advisor to City of San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer. As a senior policy advisor to Mayor Faulconer, Katherine managed the development of the City's annual $3.3 billion budget and oversaw the City's capital improvement and infrastructure efforts. In addition to her professional experience, Katherine enjoys volunteering in the San Diego community. She currently serves as Chair of the City of San Diego’s Balboa Park Committee and Parks and Recreation Committee.

Elisabeth Eisner

Secretary and Founding Board Member

Elisabeth Eisner Forbes is an attorney in private practice in San Diego.  She is a seasoned practitioner with broad corporate, finance and real estate experience and has developed a strong specialty in federal and state laws applicable to non-profit organizations.  Elisabeth’s nonprofit practice includes advising nonprofit corporations in obtaining tax-exempt bond financing and providing advice with respect to credit enhancement facilities, letters of credit, and interest rate swap transactions.  Elisabeth serves on the Board of The San Diego Foundation.

Through my participation with the San Diego Parks Foundation, I hope to help bring resources to areas of the San Diego parks and recreation system where the City of San Diego has insufficient funds to support programs, the upgrade of aging infrastructure or other projects – all with a view to making more equitable the distribution of opportunities for outdoor experiences in all our neighborhoods.