Sean Woods is Chief of Planning for Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation where he is responsible for the oversight of planning and management issues related to the Department’s 70,000 acres of parkland and diverse facilities which includes local parks, aquatic centers, botanic gardens, wildlife sanctuaries, the largest municipal golf system in the County, and over 200 miles of trails. Sean is particularly focused on assisting LA County Parks develop strategies and implement actions that promote equity, sustainability, climate resiliency and environmental justice within the countywide park system.
Prior to that, Sean served for 15 years as the Los Angeles Sector Superintendent for California State Parks with the primary responsibility of implementing the Department’s Urban Strategic Initiative in Los Angeles. Through this initiative, State Parks worked cooperatively with local partners to address the needs of under-served urban residents by committing resources to community outreach and development of urban parks. Superintendent Woods oversaw the acquisition, planning, and development efforts at Rio de Los Angeles State Parks, Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook and Los Angeles State Park; representing a $150 million investment in the urban core of Los Angeles. Central to these urban planning efforts was the focus on Los Angeles River Parks as vital links in the greening of the LA River and implementation of the Los Angeles River Revitalization Master Plan.