Ward 5. A ‘boots on the ground’ Director, retired human rights attorney and administrator John Dalessio averages more than 400 hours per year hiking, meeting with park users, civic and elected leaders, and observing and otherwise helping to maintain and expand the agency’s parks.
Dalessio has led the fight to permanently protect District owned open space, like Garland Ranch and Palo Corona. Prior to joining the Park Board, Dalessio served as the Chair of the Friends of the MPRPD.
Dalessio also is the Chairman of the Carmel River Advisory Committee, an official group charged with protecting the Carmel River. He previously has served as Commissioner, Housing Authority of Monterey County, where he played a significant role in resolving both the Rippling River and Pacific Meadows affordable housing disputes. He also served on the Boards of both the County of Monterey Free Library System and the Friends of the Carmel Library
“Open space and parks are essential to our mental and physical health, and our tourist-based economy. Of greater importance, parks are among the finest of legacies that we will leave our children. I’m proud to have helped expand, protect and preserve our open space and park district.”
John joined the Monterey Peninsula Regional Park District board in 2003.