Women’s History Month is for celebrating the contributions women have made throughout history and for recognizing the achievements of women in a variety of fields. This month on our social media channels, we profiled four women whose steadfast leadership helped preserve and create some of our county park treasures. We also want to look forward and celebrate female leaders working today to advance their fields and who are making significant contributions to society. Hannah Ormshaw is one of these leaders for the San Mateo County Parks Department. In November, Hannah was named Assistant Director, having previously served as the Natural Resource Manager since 2019. Hannah has an academic and professional background as a geographer and ecologist. In light of her new leadership role, we asked Hannah a few questions to get to know her and what she envisions for her work with the Department.
This past fall, the San Mateo County Parks Foundation created a new small grants program called Enhancing Equitable Access. The goal is to fund and support organizations that increase opportunities for Black, Indigenous and people of color, and low-income and marginalized youth and their families to enjoy the many benefits of being in parks and nature. Grants of $3,000 were awarded to the following organizations which are expanding access to our parks, trails and coastal areas for those who may face barriers, including a lack of transportation, a lack of representation and/or a lack of awareness about the parks themselves.