Our Organization’s Structure

Coastside State Parks is governed by a Board of Directors. Since our association has no paid staff for executive or administrative tasks, our volunteer directors perform these duties themselves as officers of the board and through work on our committees. Committees include Finance, Governance, Park Stores, and Program & Development. This last committee also performs marketing and communication tasks. In addition, CSPA volunteers provide valuable assistance by serving on certain committees, particularly the Park Stores Committee.

To maintain close coordination, California State Parks appoints a member of its staff to serve as liaison between itself and each of its cooperating associations. CSPA’s Cooperating Association Liaison (CAL) is Ranger Barbara Morris  of the San Mateo Coast Sector, Santa Cruz District. The liaison for the Park Stores Committee is Docent Coordinator, Susan Blake.

CSPA’s only paid staff members are the manager and assistant who oversee CSPA’s three park stores. Both positions are part-time. Sales staff in the stores are State Park volunteers.

Meet Our Board

Walter Schwartz, President

Walter Schwartz, President

Walter Schwartz is an enthusiastic Bay Area hiker whose technology career was launched when he ran computer #12 on the Internet. Later, he managed computer graphics software businesses with applications ranging from business process diagrams and virtual reality worlds to 3D animated faces for teaching students with autism.

He has been active in San Mateo community affairs and is a past Secretary of the California Map Society. Walter loves the adventure and perspective gained from international travel. Over the decades, he and his wife, Jeanne, have visited such places as communist USSR, an Amazon tented camp, and remote villages in Papua New Guinea and Africa.

Walter has a B.S. and an M.B.A. from Cornell University. He joined the CSPA board in 2017 and became President in 2022.

Pam Koch, Vice President
Año Nuevo Docent

Pamela Koch , Vice President

Pam Koch was elected to CSPA’s Board of Directors in November 2014. She has been a volunteer docent at Año Nuevo since 2008. She also serves on the Board of Sempervirens Fund.

Pam is a former hospital administrator in Philadelphia and Boston and a health policy analyst working on Capitol Hill and in the federal DHHS Secretary's Office. She holds an MBA with a Concentration in Health Care Management from the Graduate School of Management at Boston University. She has a history of volunteerism and advocacy for under-resourced youth in the Bay Area and currently serves as a Court-appointed Special Advocate in San Mateo County. She also serves on the Board of the Redwood Meadows Ranch HOA in Bonny Doon.

Since moving to the Bay Area in 1990, she has fallen in love with the dramatic Pacific Coast line and the majestic redwood forest that rises above it. She is an avid hiker throughout the region. Pam is dedicated to supporting the stunning and richly diverse 15 Coastside State Parks in San Mateo County.

Conor Myhrvold, Board Secretary
Año Nuevo Docent

Conor Myhrvold, Secretary

Conor Myhrvold joined the CSPA board in July 2017 after his first season of being an Año Nuevo State Park docent. A technology and nature enthusiast, Conor's still early career started with stints in geoscience fieldwork and science and technology journalism. From 2014-2019, Conor worked at Uber in San Francisco in several data science and technical program management roles. He started Uber's engineering blog, open source software program and early data visualization initiatives as the company went from 700 to 20,000 employees and their IPO. Conor has an A.B. in Geosciences from Princeton, a master's in Science Writing from MIT, and a master's in Computational Science & Engineering from Harvard. He also has an interest in wildlife photography, and is an animal enthusiast.

Janet Oulton
Año Nuevo Docent

Janet Oulton, Treasurer

Janet Oulton retired in 2004 after sixteen years running her own IT consulting business and a cumulative thirty years in a variety of industries. Clients included electronic manufacturers, clothing companies, biomedical companies and medical claims processing. While the industries were different, the focus was always on the business operations.

Upon retiring, she trained as a docent at Año Nuevo, and has continued volunteering there. In 2012 she also became a docent at Pigeon Point Light Station.

Wondering if she could contribute some of her accumulated business experience to the non-profit that supports the Coastside state parks, she joined the Board of CSPA in 2012 where she helps out with the bookstore management, event ticketing and the bookkeeping.  She was president of the board from 2016 to 2021.

Rajesh Agrawal, Board Member

Rajesh Agrawal

Rajesh came to California two decades ago and immediately fell in love with the weather, job opportunities in technology and natural beauty offered by the various parks and beaches. He developed a keen interest in endurance sports which led to completing many marathons, triathlons and adventure races in North America – all while pursuing his passion of giving back to the community, both in US and India. Rajesh volunteered with “Asha For Education” non-profit organization serving as a treasurer for the “Support A Child” program connecting donors to unprivileged children in India who don’t have access to basic education. He also leveraged participation in sports to raise funds for causes related to support for disabled athletes, education and cancer research.

Rajesh holds B.S. & M.S. degrees in Computer Science and an MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. He has worked for several Fortune 500 companies in both technical and business roles. He lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and two kids who love playing with water/sand at the beaches and cycling/hiking various trails throughout the region. Joining the board of Coastside Parks Association was a natural choice for Rajesh to make sure State Parks are accessible to all current and future generations via CSPA’s interpretation programs and projects. 

Jim Allen, Board Member
Año Nuevo Docent

Jim Allen

Jim Allen is a docent naturalist for Año Nuevo State Park where he educates and entertains global visitors.  As an avid photographer, his landscape and floral photographs are frequently published in Filoli House and Historical Garden literature. His photographs of kittens, on the Silicon Valley Humane Society website, have facilitated the adoption of over 1500 kitties.    

Jim received his BS in Chemistry and an MS in Environmental Science and worked in the environmental field for many years. He is the retired Chief Privacy Officer for a Silicon Valley high tech company. His passion for the environment has taken Jim and his wife on a journey to visit 46 of our 62 National Parks….so far.  When he is not glued to Photoshop on his computer, he is broadcasting live on his antique HAM radio equipment.  He and his wife, Megan, and his cat, Marley, live in Los Altos. 

Jim Joined the CSPA Board in May of 2017.

Fred Bockmann
Año Nuevo Docent

Fred Bockmann

Fred Bockmann taught elementary school in central Illinois for 10 years. In the mid 1970s, as a hobby he built a computer and began using it in his classroom. Then, from 1980 - 1982, he was Director of an Illinois State Board of Education research program exploring ways computers could be used in education. He joined Apple Computer, Inc. in 1982 and had roles in engineering, sales, and training. Apple relocated Fred and his wife to California in 1997.

When Fred retired in 2007, he joined the docent program at Año Nuevo State Park. After 25 years working for Apple Inc., he was ready to leave the world of cubicles behind, and learn about elephant seals, native Americans, geology, botany, and more of his adopted home state of California. In his retirement, he is an active volunteer at the Media Center, Palo Alto CA’s public access television studio, and spends time as an archivist  at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

Fred enjoys travel, reading, photography, videography, and hiking, and has been known to, at the drop of a hat, take a road trip to explore new areas of the country.  Fred joined CSPA’s board in January 2015 and was Vice President from 2017 to 2021.

Arianne Orr, Board President
Año Nuevo Docent, Pigeon Point LS Docent

Arianne Orr

Arianne resides in El Granada and is a consultant and independent contractor in the Bay Area. She has worked in corporate strategy and business development and in various consulting and finance roles in EMEA and Latin America. She has a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of San Diego and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.   

Arianne joined CSPA’s Board of Directors in 2017, became Treasurer in 2019 and President in 2021. She has been a docent at the Año Nuevo State Park and the Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park since 2019.  Since Arianne moved to California in 2017, she has also been a winter wildlife docent and a trail trekker at the Point Reyes National Seashore. 

It has been a humbling experience to witness the untiring efforts of staff, volunteers, donors and partners to enrich visitor experiences at our state and national parks, and it has been a privilege to share the wonders of our natural, cultural and historical resources with visitors and other park stewards.