Sonoma County Regional Parks
Aug 28, 2018
Bert Whitaker
Sonoma County Regional Parks

Whitaker has more than 20 years of experience in public administration and parks and recreation management. He has led Regional Parks' operations and maintenance division for the past decade. In that role, he has been responsible for public access and safety at 56 parks, beaches, campgrounds, and trails encompassing 12,000 acres.

Whitaker, 43, joined Regional Parks as a lifeguard in 1995 and ran the department’s aquatics program from 1999 to 2007. His experience also includes administering a large outdoor education program in Washington and operating an industrial waste consulting business in the Pacific Northwest.

A native of Texas, Whitaker has a degree in environmental science from Northern Arizona University. He is president of the U.S. Lifesaving Association’s northwest region and serves on local public safety and natural resource committees. He lives in Santa Rosa with his wife and two daughters.

Whitaker’s achievements include the opening of Taylor MountainNorth Sonoma Mountain, the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, and other new parkland, the modernization of park entries with automated pay stations, and the addition of new attractions at Spring Lake Regional Park. Whitaker also expanded public safety outreach along the Russian River and has advocated for natural resource protections in the watershed. In addition, Whitaker coordinated the county’s interim management of Annadel State Park when it was slated for closure in 2012.