Parks and Recreation Commission Biographies


BROWN, Amanda


Amanda (Mandy) Brown is a first-time Commissioner and native Palo Altan. Mandy enjoys playing tennis, mountain biking, visiting dog parks, and hiking in the local open spaces. She grew up in Professorville and now lives in Old Palo Alto with her husband and Bernese Mountain dog.

Mandy and her husband are both dedicated public servants and she currently works as a Senior Management Analyst in the City Manager’s Office for the Town of Hillsborough. She has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration from Boston University, a Master of Urban and Regional Planning from San Jose State University, and a Master in Public Affairs from Indiana University. Mandy is a strong believer in the fact that parks make life better and looks forward to serving her hometown community.

Commissioner Anne Warner Cribbs

CRIBBS, Anne Warner

A California native and 1960 Olympian, residing in Palo Alto since 1966, Cribbs received her AA degree from Foothill College in 1974, receiving the President’s Medal for the outstanding female graduate.  Cribbs went on to earn her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Stanford University.  She is a past member of the Stanford Athletic Board and has a Block S from Stanford.   She serves on the California Senior Games Association Board of Directors, the San Jose Sports Authority Board and the USA Table Tennis Board of Directors.

Cribbs was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2003, and is also a member of the San Mateo County Hall of Fame and the Menlo-Atherton High School Hall of Fame.  She is the winner of the City of Palo Alto’s Tall Tree Award.  Cribbs received the 2012 America SCORES – Bay Area 2012 Legacy Award and the 2013 Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Award.  Most recently was awarded the 2015 Golden Medallion Award, the International Swimming Hall of Fame’s highest award as a “trailblazer for women in Sports” and The United States Olympic Committee’s (USOC) 2015 Olympic Torch Award.

Commissioner Jeff Greenfield


Jeff Greenfield is a first-time Commissioner.  He has lived in Palo Alto with his wife and two daughters since 1998.  Jeff’s interests include playing soccer, hiking in the local open spaces, tree care and gardening, biking, and general environmentalism and sustainability.

He is a long-time volunteer in the local soccer community and has worked with the Community Services staff on soccer and field-related matters.  He has served on the board of the Palo Alto Adult Soccer League since 2003, including 6 years as President.  Jeff referees youth and high school soccer games.  He also coached AYSO and managed club youth teams for 10+ years.

Jeff currently volunteers with Canopy, a Palo Alto nonprofit that plants, cares, and advocates for trees.  He also volunteers at Gunn High School to encourage bicycle commuting.  In the past, he was a Fairmeadow Elementary PTA Board Member and YMCA Youth Basketball Coach.

He has worked professionally as a systems engineer and project manager for 30+ years developing professional video products.  Jeff has a B.S. Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.

Commissioner Jeff LaMere


Jeff LaMere has lived with his family in Palo Alto since 2016 and has great desire to give back to his community.  He is passionate about Palo Alto’s parks and open space, their value to a community and impact on society.

Jeff has spent much of his professional life coaching college sports.  He has over 19 years of college coaching experience including 8 years as assistant athletic director/director of basketball operations at Stanford University and 6 years at Duke University. 

One of his greatest joys is volunteering for local youth sports organizations includes coaching for AYSO soccer and the Palo Alto Little League.

Olson,  Jackie

Jackie Olson moved to Palo Alto in 2018 to be nearer her employer, Apple Inc.  She has been practicing as a healthcare attorney for nearly 20 years, in various settings prior to Apple: the law firm of Jones Day, the County of Sonoma, Blue Shield of California, and the University of California Health System.  Jackie grew up in St. Louis Missouri, where she previously practiced as a registered nurse at a children’s hospital before coming to California for law school.   Jackie received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Missouri-St. Louis and her J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law.


Jackie has a terrific husband and two young sons (a 1st Grader at Nixon Elementary and a pre-schooler) who are avid consumers of Recreation programs. The whole family enjoys exploring our many parks and outdoor spaces, and the natural beauty of the surrounding areas. Jackie is passionate about the health and wellness of our communities, including the mental and physical health benefits of providing connections to nature and the outdoors for all ages.

Commissioner David Moss

MOSS, David

David Moss is a first time Commissioner (Dec. 2015). He has spent 40 years in high tech as a Business Analyst and Programmer Analyst at Apple, ROLM, Varian, and most recently Wells Fargo.
Over the years, he served as a Boy Scout leader and outdoor chair, an East Palo Alto literacy project lead and reading tutor, and an AYSO soccer coach and league equipment manager. He was a Member of the Gunn Foundation Scholarship Board and Gunn High School Sports Boosters. He led and got approval for the new Gunn pool plans, later funded by the 2008 School Bond Measure A.
He has lived in south Palo Alto since 1978. With his wife, Jane, they raised three children, spending many afternoons and weekends hiking, biking, and bird watching in our Foothills and Baylands open spaces, while participating in sports and cultural activities in our local parks. He has a bachelor’s degree from UC San Diego and an MBA from Santa Clara University.

Commissioner Keith Reckdahl


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