Continuity Planning and Emergency Management

Recorded On: 04/01/2020

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NRPA Webinar IconJoin us as Paul Gilbert, Executive Director of NOVA Parks, Anthony-Paul (AP) Diaz, Executive Officer and Chief of Staff, and Jimmy Kim, Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Operations, Emergency Management and Aquatics Division for Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks discuss continuity plans as part of park and recreation agencies’ emergency response to unforeseen challenges such as the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. You’ll learn about the importance of continuity plans, what official sources should be consulted to provide guidance on communications and best practices, how to deal with childcare for first responders and healthcare workers and more. Park and recreation professionals must adapt quickly in situations like these, and the same principles used when planning for continuity and emergency response during the COVID-19 pandemic can also be applied to other critical events such as snowstorms or natural disasters. 

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Paul Gilbert

Executive Director, Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority (NOVA Parks)

Paul Gilbert has been the Executive Director of NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority) for 15 years. In this time, enterprise revenues have doubled, and parkland has grown by 20%. NOVA Park is a regional park system in three Counties and three Cities in the Virginia suburbs outside of Washington DC.

Gilbert is also Executive in Residence for the Recreation Management Program at George Mason University. He is the former Chairman of the NRPA Revenue Development and Management School at Oglebay, and former Chairman of Visit Fairfax, the destination marketing organization for Fairfax County, Virginia.

Gilbert is the author of two books on leadership and management and numerous articles. 

Anthony-Paul Diaz, Esq.

Executive Officer & Chief of Staff, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

Anthony-Paul(AP) Diaz is the Executive Officer for the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP) and helps manage and oversee all day to day operations of the Department, governance and leadership initiatives related to the City's Park Commission, City Council, City Attorney and Mayor's Offices.

AP has over 23 years of professional experience and service to the City of Los Angeles. Prior to assuming his duties at RAP, he served as a City Attorney in the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office where he handled and litigated hundreds of matters in the Criminal Branch and as a specially assigned prosecutor in the City's Neighborhood Prosecutor Program. Thereafter, he served in the Civil Division's Municipal Law Branch as legal counsel to the Department of Neighborhood Empowerment, General Services Department and as lead contract counsel for the Los Angeles Police and Fire Departments. He also served as one of the principal City Attorneys assigned to advise and staff the Los Angeles City Council.

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Officer, AP served  as General Counsel for Recreation and Parks, helping guide the Department on many high profile and important endeavors, most notably the transformation, restoration and management model for the historic and iconic Greek Theatre.

AP also serves as an instructor at the Los Angeles Police Department and Los Angeles Fire Department Leadership Academies teaching Adult Development Theory and Transformational Leadership and is a Judge Pro Tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court.

AP was born in Hollywood and grew up and went to school in Santa Monica. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, Washington DC; an academic study at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spain and a Juris Doctorate from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles.

Jimmy Kim

Superintendent of Recreation and Parks Operations, Emergency Management and Aquatics Division, Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks

With an eye to inclusive planning, Jimmy Kim has over 16 years in serving the Citizens Of Los Angeles.  He has had a major role in developing the Recreation and Parks Emergency Management Division and their role in the City's Emergency Operations.  He also serves as the Department's Chief Resiliency Officer and the Department Homeless Policy Coordinator. Jimmy Kim is  also a SALUS Trailblazer who has been awarded for his innovative implementation of crisis management operations, utilizing real-time data to identify and implement processes.


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