Nevada County Hires New Economic Development Director and Senior Administrative Analyst for Recreation

Nevada County has filled two first-time positions for economic development program manager and senior administrative analyst for recreation. The new positions were given to Kimberly Parker (economic development) and Erika Seward (recreation). Both of them will serve as part of Nevada County’s Community Development Agency team.

Parker most recently served as executive director of the Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital Foundation. She has worked for the hospital for two decades and served as executive director since 2005. She also served as executive director for the statewide California Building Industry.

“Kimberly is a proven leader in her field and in our community,” said Trisha Tillotson, director of Nevada County’s Community Development Agency. “She is a true innovator, who will use her significant skills and experience to help build a diverse, sustainable, and equitable economy in Nevada County.”

Seward is the development director for the Johnson County Park and Recreation District in Kansas City. She is involved with policy, revenue development, sustainability, grants, and the Public Art Master Plan and sports/outdoor recreation tourism initiatives.

“Erika brings a wide breadth of knowledge and experience on the topics of recreation and environmental stewardship,” said Tillotson. “She understands the opportunities and challenges our community faces around open spaces and organized recreation and will play a key role in bringing together stakeholders to develop and implement a master plan for recreation and resiliency in Nevada County.”

The new hires will help advance the Nevada Board of Supervisors’ 2022 Objectives, which were unanimously approved on February 8.

These goals include “emphasizing resiliency and entrepreneurship; retaining and attracting high quality jobs; investing in major infrastructure projects; and working with local, state and federal partners to support our small business, nonprofit, and tourism sectors” to promote economic development.

The objective for recreation is “to promote sustainable recreation in partnership with community providers and other jurisdictions to enhance recreational access, support public health and safety, realize economic opportunities, and preserve natural resource assets.”