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Nevada County California - Nevada County Fills Two Key Positions to Lead Strategic Initiatives 03 June 2022 ( news )
Nevada County , state California ( By Press Release office)
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Nevada County is pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Parker as its first Economic Development Program Manager and Erika Seward as its first Senior Administrative Analyst for Recreation .
Parker and Seward join Nevada County’s Community Development Agency and will take the lead on the Board of Supervisors’ 2022
, respectively . With the addition of these two roles , Nevada County is well - positioned to take advantage of State funding opportunities related to these two strategic initiatives .
A Proven Leader
Parker joins the County after over two decades with the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation , where she has worked since 2001 and served as Executive Director since 2005 .
“Kimberly has been an incredible community partner , and we’re thrilled to have her expertise and leadership as we work to create a thriving community for all Nevada County residents , ” said County Executive Officer Alison Lehman .
Parker helped to raise over $29 million for Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation , leading fundraising for key initiatives , including the creation of a nationally accredited Family Medicine Residency program in collaboration with Chapa De Indian Health and most recently a renovation of the hospital’s Emergency Department .
In addition to her work with the Hospital Foundation , Parker served as Executive Director for the statewide California Building Industry , where she focused on advancing the home building industry in California by coordinating with the Building Industry Associations , offering education programs , and providing construction industry scholarships to over 60 California colleges and universities .
Parker’s experience with strategic and long - range planning and collaboration with business , nonprofits , and government will be an asset in her new role . She has a strong background in program management and meeting facilitation .
Parker is a longtime Rotary member and is a past chair and current board member of the Economic Resource Council .
“Kimberly is a proven leader in her field and in our community . She is a true innovator , who will use her significant skills and experience to help build a diverse , sustainable , and equitable economy in Nevada County , ” said Trisha Tillotson , Director of Nevada County’s Community Development Agency .
A Recreation Rock Star
Parker will be joined by Erika Seward , who will take the lead on the Board’s Recreation objective .
A Certified Park and Recreation Professional , Seward currently serves as Development Director for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in the Kansas City metropolitan area . In this role , she has served on the leadership team guiding policies , revenue development , sustainability , and grant management for capital improvement projects as well as Board priorities , including the Public Art Master Plan and sports/outdoor recreation tourism initiatives .
Erika is excited to bring this experience back home to Nevada County , where she previously served as Co - Executive Director of Bear Yuba Land Trust , leading strategic development , fundraising , and public/government relations that promoted protection of land and natural resources while fostering healthy communities , nature access , and sustainable agriculture . She also held ambassador and leadership roles with the Nevada County Food Policy Council and Solid & Hazardous Waste Commission , Sierra Consortium , Land Trust Alliance , and Sierra Nevada Alliance Board of Directors .
Seward holds a Masters degree in sports administration from the University of Kansas and is pursuing a Land Use and Environmental Planning certification from the University of California at Davis .
As the Senior Management Analyst for Recreation , Seward will focus on promoting sustainable recreation in partnership with community providers and other jurisdictions to enhance recreational access , support public health and safety , realize economic opportunities , and preserve natural resource assets .
“Erika brings a wide breadth of knowledge and experience on the topics of recreation and environmental stewardship , ” said Tillotson . “She understands the opportunities and challenges our community faces around open spaces and organized recreation and will play a key role in bringing together stakeholders to develop and implement a Master Plan for Recreation and Resiliency in Nevada County . ”
Economic Development and Recreation are two of eight key objectives adopted by the Nevada County Board of Supervisors for 2022 .
To learn more about the Nevada County Board of Supervisors’ 2022 Objectives , go
to www . NevadaCountyCA . gov/BoardObjectives
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