Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Meet Parks & Recreation's Advisory Board

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Meet Parks & Recreation's Advisory Board

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This spring, Parks & Recreation magazine invited more than a dozen representatives from our field to participate in a roundtable discussion about the most pressing issues facing parks and recreation, and how this publication can best highlight those concerns. These thought leaders - including high-level entrepreneurs, park and recreation professionals, architects and academics - agreed to lend their time, voice and insights to keep Parks & Recreation at the cutting edge of news and trends affecting our industry now, and for the next 50 years to come. Below, meet the members of our new Advisory Board.

Nihal Advani

CEO/Founder, Georama

Nihal Advani is an experienced digital marketer, globetrotter and founder and CEO of Georama. Originally from India, he spent his teenage years as an internationally ranked tennis player before attending the University of Arkansas on a full tennis scholarship. He later transferred to Stony Brook University in New York where he was captain of the varsity tennis team and interned at Google. Upon graduating at the top of his class with a bachelor's degree in marketing, Advani joined Microsoftwhere he spent five years in various marketing and data roles across search (Bing) and display, including as program manager for the MicrosoftMedia Network.

Gerald Brown

Director, City of Sunset Hills Parks and Recreation Department

Gerald Brown has served as director of the Sunset Hills Parks and Recreation Department for more than 12 years. Prior to working for Sunset Hills, Brown worked for the city of Olivette where he served six years, the first one-and-a-half as recreation supervisor and the remainder as director of parks and recreation. In school, Brown was a top athlete, playing soccer at Lindenwood University and St. Louis Community College at Forest Park before playing his final two seasons at Southwest Missouri State University. Brown graduated from Southwest Missouri State University with a degree in parks and recreation, with a minor in coaching.

Ernest Burkeen

Director, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks

Ernest W. Burkeen Jr. headed the recreation and parks department of three major cities - Detroit, Fort Lauderdale and Miami - before traveling 3,000 miles to "Charm City" to take the helm of Baltimore City Recreation and Parks in 2012. Burkeen spent a decade teaching upcoming administrative professionals parks and recreation administration and contemporary issues in recreation courses as an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University. As a Navy man, Burkeen has high levels of expectation from his staff, but also likes to keep the agency lively. As a transformational leader, Burkeen has worked on revamping the department from the inside, out.

Gwendolyn Chambers

Chief Communications Officer, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks

Gwendolyn Chambers took over the reigns as chief of communications for Baltimore City Recreation and Parks in 2014. Chambers, who has been with the agency for more than six years, previously manned all communications with the media as the agency's public information officer. Chambers has worked to move the agency from relying on traditional media outlets to a "digital newsroom," where the agency works to disseminate information to the public and tell stories about the children, youth and adults who swim at Baltimore City pools, run on its trails and use its recreation centers.

Brendan Daley

Director of Strategy and Sustainability, Chicago Park District

Brendan Daley is the director of strategy and sustainability for the Chicago Park District. Daley ensures that the Park District's pro grams and projects align with the strategic plan, and that the goals and values within the plan stay relevant and are periodically reviewed and updated. Prior to working at the Park District, Brendan worked for 10 years at the Chicago Department of Environment, most recently as a deputy commissioner overseeing the Energy and Air Quality Division. …

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