Biography

Parks Family

Linda Parks has been on the Ventura County Board of Supervisors for fifteen 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 creating local campaign reform laws. 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, 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 Senior Summits to determine ways to better serve senior citizens, and led the effort that brought the largest population segment in the United States to use 100% renewable energy (250,000 residential customers).

Supervisor Parks has helped to eliminate anti-coagulant rodenticides in order to protect wildlife, led the effort to build Santa Rosa Park and the Carlisle Trail, established a first-of-its kind wildlife corridor zone, and initiated the volunteer effort that brought a bookmobile to Ventura County's children and seniors. Her efforts to reduce traffic include championing the realignment of Somis Road at the 118 that eliminated gridlock at the intersection, and established the free, popular, Kanan Shuttle bus in Oak Park. She also initiated the soon-to-be-installed Potrero Road bike lane in Hidden Valley.  

Currently, Supervisor Parks 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 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 both 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.