Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Profile: Doug Siden

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Profile: Doug Siden

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HE'S BEEN CALLED A DOER. An energizer bunny. The hardest working man in local politics. But whatever label anyone gives citizen advocate Doug Siden, it can never quite encapsulate all that he is, or all that he does for his community. Serving his fifth term on the East Bay Regional Park District Board of Directors, Siden has worked tirelessly for 20 years to serve the largest local park district in the United States, with more than 2.5 million people who use the park system.

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"I guess I just inherited some of the right genes," he says of his legendary liveliness. "I've always sought to be involved in things, and doing those things energizes me."

Now retired, Siden worked as the executive director for camping and youth programs for the American Baptist Churches of the West. "Technically I'm retired, but I don't consider myself retired because I am serving the community full time," he says. "I can relate very well to the issues because of my background. My parents took me to parks, cub scouts, boy scouts, and church camping."

Although Siden brings a background of parks and recreation, his true gift is engaging people around him, according to Rosemary Cameron, assistant general manager in the East Bay Regional Park District. "He truly understands the value of establishing relationships," she says. "He builds relationships with all kinds of people but then he sustains, grows, develops, and nurtures that relationship. …

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