Claire Mooney, PLA, ASLA, LEED AP, is the Vice President of Park Places & Innovation with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Claire provides leadership to the Conservancy's Park Projects & Design, Park Nurseries, and Innovation & Impact teams.
Claire first discovered a job in parks more than two decades ago as an intern at the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Since that time, she has worked in the field of landscape architecture and ecological restoration for 20 years. She joined the Pars Conservancy in 2006. Her early work includes community-based restoration, native plant nursery management, and development of educator programs with the Watershed Project.
Over the last decade, Claire has managed the design and construction of extensive trails, habitat restoration, and visitor amenity projects throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Claire’s role with the Parks Conservancy has included developing and implementing projects that integrate thoughtful resource conservation with robust community design.
As a landscape architect and design professional, Claire draws on a creative and participatory design approach in her work. She stewards many of the Parks Conservancy’s partnerships towards our goal of creating more just and resilient parklands. Claire holds a master's degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Washington and a bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in the History of Art, with minors in Resource Management and Forestry.
Claire and her two kiddos love exploring the foggy parks and playgrounds near their home in San Francisco and can often be found at Ocean and China beaches.