Biography

Parks Family

Linda Parks was elected to the Ventura County Board of Supervisors in 2003. She is a past Mayor, Councilmember and Planning Commissioner for the City of Thousand Oaks, California. Some of her accomplishments include creating laws protecting open space and farmland (SOAR), helping to preserve the 3,000 acre Ahmanson Ranch as a State Park, drafting local campaign reform laws, initiating a bookmobile for Ventura County's children and seniors, founding the Ventura County Discovery Center, and establishing the free, popular, Kanan Shuttle bus service in Oak Park. 

As a Ventura County Supervisor she has developed a nonprofit native plant nursery (Growing Works) that provides horticultural therapy and employment for people with mental illness.  She has organized a series of free Senior Summits for hundreds of participants to determine ways to better serve senior citizens, and created the Ventura County Mental Health and Safety Task Force to find ways to prevent gun violence in the wake of the Borderline Bar and Grill mass shooing. 

Ms. Parks led the effort that brought the largest population segment in the United States to use 100% renewable energy (275,000 residential customers) as a member of the Clean Power Alliance of Southern California, and is now championing an effort to plant 2 million trees by 2040. She has helped to eliminate toxic pesticides, and created a law that requires testing water and soil next to rocket test sites. Ms. Parks also led the effort to build parks and trails, established a first-of-its kind wildlife corridor zone, and has added traffic reduction measures including the realignment of Somis Road at SR118 that eliminated gridlock, synchronized signals on Santa Rosa Road, and initiated the soon-to-be-installed Potrero Road bike lane in Hidden Valley.  

Currently, Supervisor Parks serves on the following Boards and Commissions: 

Supervisor Parks has a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington and a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  She has been honored with the Small Business Administration's 2019 Phoenix Award for Outstanding Contributions to Disaster Recovery by a Public Official, the 2019 Justice for Victims Award form the Ventura County District Attorney's Office, the "Environmental Hero Award, 2017" by the Sierra Club Los Padres Chapter and the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, the "Paul Harris Fellowship Award" by the Rotary Club of Thousand Oaks Sunrise, the Las Virgenes Homeowners Federation "Citizen of the Year Award," the Carla Bard “Environmental Integrity in Public Service Award” from the Environmental Defense Center, the “Walk the Talk Award” from Heal the Bay, and the “Edward L. Masry Integrity in Community Service Award.” She has been married 37 years and has four children and one grandchild.