Innovation Lab: Seattle, WA - Winning: The Art of Getting Voters to Open their Wallets for Parks
Park and recreation agencies from coast to coast struggle to find the resources to adequately operate and maintain their existing assets. Is dedicated funding the solution? Join this webinar to delve into the politics of voter-approved park and recreation funding mechanisms. Using Seattle’s passage of a special park district in 2014 as a model, we will discuss how different communities have succeeded - and failed - in going to the voters for dedicated parks and recreation funding.
Former Vice President of Urban and Government Affairs, National Recreation and Park Association
Kevin oversaws NRPA's Federal Advocacy efforts and leads NRPA's engagement with urban directors and agencies. Previously, O'Hara was Manager of Government Affairs for the American Society of Landscape Architects where he oversaw advocacy efforts on urban parks, green infrastructure, children's access to nature and more. O'Hara also worked for a non-profit in the higher education finance sector where he led advocacy and college access initiatives. O'Hara earned a B.A. Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. O'Hara and his wife Meaghan are residents of the Adams Morgan neighborhood in the District of Columbia, where they overlook the lovely Kalorama Park. His free time pursuits include hiking, travel, and good food.
Associate National Director Conservation Finance, The Trust for Public Land
Ms. Frankfourth joined TPL in June 2007 as the Associate National Director of Conservation Finance, working in the 13 Western states. She advises local and state governments throughout the West on how to design, pass and implement legislative initiatives and electoral measures that create funding for land and water conservation. In this capacity, she has worked in dozens of jurisdictions creating over $1.75 billion.
A veteran political strategist and campaign manager, Ms. Frankfourth has been involved in the development and implementation of public policy for more than 25 years at the local, state, and federal levels through the executive and legislative and political arenas.
Originally from Alaska, she has crafted strategies for and managed congressional and ballot measure campaigns throughout the Northwest. She has also served as communications director for the Mayor of Anchorage, Alaska Commissioner of Natural Resources, and a four-term US Senator from California.