Meredith Thomas

Director of Policy and Stewardship

Meredith believes that collaboration between park advocates and the City is essential for driving improvement and maintaining high standards for our neighborhood parks.

Meredith is excited to lead SFPA’s efforts to leverage volunteerism and community-driven park improvements in addition to partnering with the City to implement innovative park financing tools, ensure long-term open space planning accounts for increased density and prioritizes parks, and to help realize the Blue Greenway.

Meredith has been an active participant on the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond since June of 2007, providing input on the development of the bond, hosting community meetings prior to the passage of the bond to facilitate voter discussions with RPD, and now sits on the Opportunity Fund Task Force, Restroom Task Force, Trails Working Group, and is providing input on the Forestry portion of the bond. Under her direction, NPC also tracked planning and design for the neighborhood parks with dedicated funding, and will continue to host public discussions related to the bond in conjunction with RPD.

Prior to joining NPC in 2007, Meredith was the Land Conservation Program Associate at the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. In that position, she worked to preserve in perpetuity more than 140,000 acres of watershed lands in California through stakeholder engagement and policy development. Meredith was responsible for convening public and key stakeholder meetings to plan for the preservation and enhancement of existing uses of land, and to facilitate consensus about how the land preservation should occur. Meredith was also involved in the development and launch of the associated grant-making plan that is investing $30million in efforts to connect under-served youth to the outdoors.

Having begun her career in the Nature Trail Program at the San Francisco Zoo at the age of twelve, Meredith spent more than seventeen years as a volunteer, intern and staff member culminating in her position as an animal keeper, where she was most often caring for koalas and various birds. During her time at the zoo, Meredith participated in the 1993 transition from City to Zoological Society management, the 1997 passage of the infrastructure bond, and was a member of the Teamsters union.

Meredith holds a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from UC Davis and a Masters of Arts in Environmental Business Relations from San Francisco State University. She is on the Neighborhood Empowerment Network Steering Committee, a member of the Environment Circle of the Full Circle Fund and an incoming board member of the Lyda and Rico DeLuca Foundation.

Hailing from a park family, Meredith’s parents met on a tennis court in San Francisco and her sister is a California State Park Ranger. Meredith lives near Dolores Park and is excited to be so deeply connected to amazing community networks in neighborhoods across San Francisco.