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Lisa Mangat

Message from Lisa Mangat, Director

We are in an exciting time of opportunity and challenge that can result in positive and sustainable change for our Department. Through this process we will achieve the vision outlined in the draft Transformation Action Plan. Through the collective efforts and continued dedication of our staff, partners, and stakeholders, the system will become stronger. We will be positioned to be most effective in protecting California's most valuable and cherished resources, providing the best services and experiences that Californians should expect from their State Parks, and becoming more nimble in the future. Together we have an opportunity to achieve excellence as we transform California's treasured park system into the world class model for State Parks; I invite you to join me in this pursuit.

Message from Steve Szalay, Team Leader

Our 150 year old California Department of Parks and Recreation is entering a very challenging and exciting two year Transformation Period. While desiring to retain the grandeur, beauty, and history of the parks, there is now a critical need for positive changes to our organization that will greatly improve our ability to provide excellent services in a cost-effective, creative and accountable environment.

Using the Parks Forward Commission's report as a beginning, a Transformation Team has been established. This team is comprised of qualified, experienced and dedicated personnel from State Parks staff, outside entities and professional consultants. The Transformation Team, along with input from staff, stakeholders, and partners, will be working through a number of initiatives that will lead to positive change. This process will be fluid and constantly evolving. Check back regularly as we'll keep you updated on the team's progress.

Steve Szalay