Renée Bahl began as Executive Director of Arizona State Parks in June 2009. Most recently, Bahl served as Director of San Diego County Parks and Recreation, where she directed the rebuild and stabilization of 15,000 acres of parkland and 21 facilities after the 2003 Cedar and Paradise wildfires. During her time in this position, she acquired more than 8,000 acres with 60% funded through grants since fiscal year 2003. She also expanded the department and services to the public through completion and opening of a number of new parks.
Prior to her time with San Diego County Parks and Recreation, Bahl served as Assistant Director of Arizona State Parks from March 1996-May 2002. She led $32 million in annual grant awards and more than $60 million in annual preservation, recreation and acquisition projects with state and federal dollars. She managed the statewide non-motorized trail and off-highway vehicle programs, land conservation program, State Historic Preservation Office and statewide planning. She was instrumental in the design of the Land Conservation Acquisition program. Before that, she was a fiscal analyst with the Joint Legislative Budget Committee for the Arizona State Legislature.
Bahl received her Master of Public Administration in Policy Analysis/Environmental Policy and Natural Resource Management from Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Emory University in Atlanta. [updated November 2010]