Ana Valdez

Background and expertise

Co-founder and president of Valdez Consulting Group, Inc.; current principal of The 650 Company; graduated from the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico with a degree in business; received master's degree in international relations in Spain. Formerly held positions with the AC Nielsen Co., Banamex, and the United Nations; held assignments within the Clinton-Gore administration; serves on the boards of Southern California Public Radio, Los Angeles Universal Preschool, Los Angeles Children's Bureau, and the Public Policy Advocacy Planning Group; formerly served on the board of American Public Media, as chair of the Center for Early Education's Multicultural Committee, as co-founder and vice chair of FOCUS, and as a director of Southern California Goodwill Industries.

Why I support The Trust for Public Land

From the moment I read the mission of The Trust for Public Land, I knew I wanted to be part of it. I believe in empowering communities nationwide for a better livability: preserving green spaces, historic sites, and parks is a basic part of that. I am also excited about The Trust for Public Land's commitment to generating public support for pro-conservation policies. Creating awareness at all levels is the key to a better and more balanced world for everybody.

Why I believe in the importance of protecting land and creating parks

When my first son was born, it was clear from the beginning that he would be a naturalist: he adored all kinds of animals, plants, and every manifestation of nature around us. I became a volunteer park ranger originally to enjoy nature with him, and I went on to become a guide of park tours for underprivileged kids from urban areas. Their fascination when seeing a park for the first time made me realize that the lack of green spaces in their lives was much more important-and unfortunately, more of a handicap-than I had thought. The Trust for Public Land makes me hopeful that eventually many more kids will be able to grow up like my children, with close-to-home access to places to run, learn, and thrive.