Parks Family

Linda Parks has been on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for fourteen years and has served as its chair three times.  Previously she served as a Planning Commissioner, City Councilmember, and Mayor for the City of Thousand Oaks, California.  Some of her accomplishments include founding the Ventura County Discovery Center, creating laws protecting parks and farmland (SOAR), and writing the City of Thousand Oaks' first campaign reform law. As an open space advocate, her sixteen-year grassroots effort to preserve Ahmanson Ranch culminated in the Ranch’s purchase as a State Park. 

As a Ventura County Supervisor she has reduced taxpayer funding of county pensions, supported the funding of programs to fight gangs, organized a series of Senior Summits to find ways to better assist senior citizens, and is leading a countywide effort to bring cleaner, renewable energy through a not-for-profit consortium. 

Supervisor Parks is leading an effort that is eliminating anti-coagulant rodenticides, establishing a wildlife corridor zone, and a wildlife bridge over the 101 freeway to protect wildlife. She has championed the development of Santa Rosa Valley Park, the Carlisle Trail, and the free Kanan Shuttle bus in Oak Park, as well as pedestrian and bicycle improvements and the soon-to-be-constructed Potrero bike lane.  She has also instituted job-training programs, including "Growing Works", a drought tolerant plant nursery that is a jobs program for people with mental illness. 

She currently serves on the following Boards and Commissions: 

Linda 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 "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 "2012 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 35 years and has four children.