Member Biography

Jesus S. Aguirre

Jesús Aguirre is Chief Executive O?cer of Waterloo Greenway Conservancy, a non-pro?t organization creating and maintaining an innovative linear park system around a restored Waller Creek in downtown Austin in partnership with the City of Austin. Waterloo Greenway is committed to ensuring that all communities have meaningful access to all aspects of the parks, including workforce opportunities, programmatic engagement, and community partnerships.

Jesús Aguirre brings experience from City of Seattle, where he served as Superintendent of the Department of Parks and Recreation for nearly six years, as well as more than 20 years of public service leadership experience in several major metropolitan jurisdictions, including Los Angeles, New York City, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., and Seattle.  During his term in Seattle overseeing the City’s robust parks and recreation department, Aguirre led initial implementation of a park district infusing $50 million annually to the department’s budget.  Further, he drove the development of a long-term strategic plan anchored in equity and aligned with the City’s open space plan and the upcoming comprehensive plan update.

Prior to his work in Seattle, he served as director of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, where he oversaw more than $115 million in facility design, construction, and redevelopment efforts in the nation’s capital.  Aguirre led the municipal agency through an organizational development process resulting in refocused mission and values, as well as a long-term strategic plan.

Aguirre holds a BA in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s in Business Administration from Arizona State University.

Prior to his work in parks and recreation, Aguirre worked in the public education sector, starting as a middle school science teacher, and ultimately serving as the State Superintendent of Education for the District of Columbia. Aguirre and his wife co-founded and ran a nonprofit K-8 dual-language charter school in Phoenix for 10 years.

He serves as Chair-elect of the board of the National Recreation and Park Association and current chair of the board of the Children and Nature Network.  Aguirre is also a Certified Parks and Recreation Executive (CPRE) and is a member of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. [updated 5-2023]