About Us

Who We Are

RivCoParks is the common name often used to refer to the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (District). Our organization is dynamic and adjust to meet the needs of the county as a whole. Many programs are operated under the three bureaus which include: Parks & Resources, Planning & Development, and Business Services. The District is led by the General Manager/Parks Director and the executive team comprised of the Assistant Director and two Chiefs. The District’s focus encompasses providing high-quality recreational opportunities and preserving important features of the County’s natural, cultural, and historical heritage.

Our Mission Statement 

The mission of the Park District is to acquire, protect, develop, manage, and interpret for the inspiration, use, and enjoyment of all people, a well-balanced system of park related places of outstanding scenic, recreational, and historic importance.

Our Vision

To be the regional leader in improving lives through people, parks, places and programs.


RivCoParks has adopted the following values which are demonstrated through our day to day actions:

Outstanding Service

Organization Chart
Functional Organization Chart

Kyla Brown, CPRE

General Manager

Kyla Brown is a Certified Park and Recreation Executive and serves as Director to the Riverside County Regional Park and Open-Space District (RivCoParks). She has been working in public service for over 20 years, joining the RivCoParks team in 2010. As a Credentialed California County Senior Executive, Kyla has a wide range of experience in land management, planning, park operations, campground management, community center, water park, and sports park operations, special events, contract classes, marketing, public communications, and customer service. Kyla is currently on the state Executive Board as Region 4 Representative for the California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) and serves as a Regent for CPRS Maintenance Management School.

Kyla completed the Environmental Leadership Academy (California State University San Marcos at Temecula), has her Bachelor of Arts in Human Services (California State University, San Bernardino) and is a Master of Public Administration (California Baptist University).

Erin Gettis

Assistant Parks Director

Erin has been in the Planning and Architecture field for over 26 years, most recently appointed as the Bureau Chief overseeing Planning and Development for the County’s vast parks program. She served for over 12 years as a Division Manager for the City of Riverside’s Community and Economic Development Department, Principal Planner and City Historic Preservation Officer. Erin has Bachelor and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Washington and in 2012 obtained an Environmental Leadership Academy Certificate from California State University – San Marcos. She has worked at architectural firms in Seattle, Madison, and San Diego, including restoration of two State capitols. In 2011 Riverside’s Historic Preservation program won a Best Practices Award from the American Planning Association, Inland Empire Section under Erin’s oversight.

Erin currently serves on the DOCOMOMO Southern California Chapter Board of Directors, previously served on the Board of Directors for the National Alliance for Preservation Commissions, and co-taught the Historic Preservation Practicum at University of California – Riverside. Erin is an avid hiker and camper often with her family and rescue dogs in her vintage airstream motorhome.

Dustin McLain

Bureau Chief – Parks and Resources

Dustin McLain is a fish and wildlife biologist whose main species of interest includes the California red-legged frog, pacific pond turtle, coho salmon and steelhead trout of the California coast range. Mr. McLain has over 20 years of biological experience in the California coast range, Sierra Nevada mountain range and southern California bio-region, which has entailed both private and public sector service. Previous public service with the U.S. Forest Service allowed Dustin to study, survey and monitor multiple avian and amphibian species in the Eldorado National Forest. As a regulatory biologist and project manager for private consulting firms, Dustin conducted special-status species surveys, wetland delineations, monitoring of wildlife and was heavily involved in the project managing and regulatory permitting process which included authoring many 404/401/1600 permit application reports. Since 2006, Dustin has conducted Natural Resources Management for the County of Riverside and has been in charge of handling day to day acquisition, adaptive management activities, strategic planning, budgetary forecasting and procurement expenditures associated with the Western Riverside County Regional Conservation Authority (RCA) Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan and the Riverside County Parks Open-Space Unit; which encompasses a non-contiguous ±50,000 acre Reserve, 6 multi-use Reserves with passive recreation, 146 covered species and $2.30 million dollar budget responsibility. As newly appointed Chief, Mr. McLain will add oversight duties of 8 Regional Parks, which spans over 7000 square miles and includes both active and passive recreation opportunities.

Dustin possesses a B.S. in Biology (San Jose State University) and is a member of The Wildlife Society, American Fisheries Society, California Deer Association and Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. Dustin’s personal interest include backpacking, fishing, hunting and anything else involving the outdoors.

Supervisor Kevin Jefferies

First District

Kevin Jeffries was elected in November 2012 to represent the residents of the 1st Supervisorial District on the Riverside County Board of Supervisors. This district covers the cities of Riverside, Lake Elsinore, Canyon Lake, and Wildomar, and unincorporated communities including Woodcrest, Lake Mathews, Mead Valley, Temescal Valley, Good Hope, Lakeland Village, El Cariso, Meadowbrook, La Cresta, and DeLuz.

Supervisor Karen Spiegel

Second District

Karen Spiegel was elected to represent the Second Supervisorial District on November 6, 2018, and was sworn into office on January 8, 2019.  The Second District includes the unincorporated communities of Coronita, El Cerrito, Home Gardens and Highgrove, and the cities of Corona, Eastvale, Jurupa Valley, Norco, and the western half of the City of Riverside.

In addition to the service in her District, Karen represents Riverside County on the Regional and State level in many organizations and has served in a leadership role on several. She is an energetic member of the community and her “roll-up your sleeves” attitude has led her to immerse herself in many civic, business and community activities. She has been honored for her service with numerous awards and recognitions over the years.  Karen proudly represents the Second District on many boards and has been credited for her leadership in regional transportation issues, collaboration and regional partnerships.

Supervisor Chuck Washington, Chair

Third District

Chuck Washington was appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown on March 4, 2015 to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, representing the Third Supervisorial District. Chuck has been an elected public servant since 1995 serving in several capacities, including, Mayor and City Council-member for both cities of Murrieta and Temecula, serving twice as Mayor of Temecula. His elected public service extends to many other organization’s Board of Directors such as: Temecula Community Services District, California Association of Councils of Governments, Western Riverside Council of Governments, Riverside County Airport Land Use Commission, Temecula Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Club, Habitat for Humanity of Inland Valleys, Temecula Economic Development Corporation, and Inland Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Mr. Washington is the recipient of many distinguished recognitions such as: Families First Award from the LDS Church, American Planners Association Leadership Award, Citizen of the Year of both cities of Temecula and Murrieta, Kiwanis Citizen of the Year, PTA Honorary Service Award, and Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award.

Supervisor V. Manuel Perez

Fourth District

Victor Manuel Perez was appointed by Gov. Edmund G. Brown Jr. on May 9, 2017 to the Riverside County Board of Supervisors, replacing the late John J. Benoit in representing the County’s Fourth District. The Fourth Supervisorial District covers the eastern two-thirds of Riverside County, stretching from Palm Springs and Desert Hot Springs, south to the Salton Sea and east to Blythe and the Colorado River.

Supervisor Jeff Hewitt

Fifth District

Bio to come.  District 5 encompasses the southwest area of the County in the unincorporated area surrounding the northern end of the city of Lake Elsinore then moves east and north through Perris and Moreno Valley to Highgrove, then east through the Badlands to the Pass Area of Calimesa, Banning and Beaumont, and then east to Desert Hot Springs and Northern Palm Springs.

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