Robert E. Doyle is a 43+ year veteran of the parks and natural resources field, currently serving as General Manager of the East Bay Regional Park District, the largest regional park system in the nation with 1,000 employees hosting 25 million visits per year at its 73 parks on over 125,000 acres. A co-chair of the California State Park Partners, he was a key advocate for advancing the successful Proposition 68, the Parks, Environment, and Water Bond to the June 2018 ballot and serves as vice-chair of the Clean Water, Natural Resources and Parks committee.
He also leads EBRPD efforts to partner with National Parks on Healthy Parks Healthy People (HPHP) in the SF Bay Area – including Kids Healthy Outdoor Challenge (KHOC), Stay Healthy in Nature Every Day (SHINE), Multicultural Wellness Walks (MCWW), and other efforts to engage the Park District’s diverse communities in healthy outdoor activities.
Doyle graduated from Saint Mary’s College in Moraga with a BA in Management. He is a member of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration (AAPRA); the IUCN Urban Conservation Strategies Specialist Group; and World Urban Parks. He has received numerous awards and recognition for his many decades of leadership in conservation, park policy advocacy, public health and public lands, climate action initiatives and industry innovations, including California Special Districts Association (CSDA): 2019 General Manager of the Year; Bay Nature Institute (BNI): 2019 Local Hero Award: Conservation Action ; American Academy for Parks & Recreation Administration (AAPRA): 2018 Cornelius Amory Pugsley Award; California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS): 2018 Special Legislative Advocacy Award; California Trails & Greenways Foundation (CTGF): 2009 Lifetime Professional Achievement Award; Save Mount Diablo (SMD): 2002 Mountain Star Award