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Meet the Board

We are dedicated to growing the Monrovia Parks, Recreation and Wilderness Foundation

Our Board is passionate about developing the resources for our city to support and improve community programs, parks, facilities, and expand and protect open spaces in Monrovia.

Edward Belden

President

Edward Belden loves spending time in parks, open spaces and promoting the multitude of benefits they provide. His work has spanned from the leaves of plants to the plans of cities working in the public, private and non-profit sectors. He is an environmental professional with experience in implementing green infrastructure projects, watershed monitoring, environmental analysis, trail planning, restoration, green building, sustainability, recreation improvements, and youth-focused programs. Currently working to Restore and Revitalize the LA River with the City of Los Angeles, he also serves on the Monrovia Community Services Commission. Edward is a native of Monrovia who loves observing nature, hiking, biking, and making ice cream in his spare time. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Hobart College and a Master’s in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara.

Chris Ziegler

CFO

Chris is a third generation Angelino having grown up in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles county just a few miles from the Monrovia border. He and his wife lived in Monrovia for 21 years. Chris’s professional life includes a career in the U.S. Navy, 10 years in institutional investments and his most recent endeavor as a practicing Permaculturist revitalizing a historic ranch bordering the Angeles National Forest. He has shared his knowledge and enthusiasm across multiple volunteer efforts including bicycle events, multiple experiences in PTA and other educational experiences, as well as advising the CalTrans Bicycle Committee.

Julie Bank

Secretary

Julie Bank is the Director of Riverside County Animal Services and has worked for 30 years in animal welfare in New York, Arizona, Oklahoma, and California.  She is active in the community serving on the Community Services Commission, as a Rotarian, as a PTA mom and a Clifton Middle School Arts Academy.  She is  a proud mom to a 12-year-old who is  active on the MHMBT, a  Volunteer at Canyon Park, as a scout with Troop 66, as a City Youth Commissioner and a MAP leader. Her family includes two dogs, 2 cats and a bearded dragon.  They love to explore the Monrovia outdoors including looking at the amazing architecture on walks, visiting the Canyon Park waterfall, biking in the HWP, and having weekend picnics in the amazing Monrovia parks.

Donna Baker

Program & Events Committee Chair

Donna Baker has lived in Monrovia for over 34 years. What drives her passion for Monrovia is the small-town community connections. Being involved is her calling! Donna’s past volunteer experiences include 20 years as an Historic Preservation Commissioner; serving on the Boards of the Boys & Girls Club, the YMCA and Habitat for Humanity; and financially supporting many charitable organizations in town. She was also a volunteer and staunch supporter of Measures A & B to save Monrovia’s wilderness area and as a local Realtor, encourages nature lovers to consider moving to Monrovia to enjoy all it has to offer in our outdoor spaces. Now, as part of the MPWR Foundation, Ms. Baker is excited to work on improving our outdoor spaces in collaboration with the City. Donna says “It’s exciting to imagine what lies ahead for our City’s Parks, Wilderness Preserve and Recreation programs. I’m so proud to be a part of Monrovia’s future!”

Giangelo Leos

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Giangelo R. Leos is the Community Initiatives & Program Director at Food Exploration & Discovery, a non-profit in Monrovia that provides food and garden focused education to schools and communities in the San Gabriel Valley. A life-long Monrovian and graduate of Monrovia schools, Giangelo is a product of the great parks, programs, and wilderness in town that provided spaces to learn and play during his formative years. Giangelo serves on the Monrovia Community Services Commission, is a member of the Monrovia Community Garden leadership team, and served as the volunteer director of the Monrovia Young Musicians Ensemble for eight years. In other local volunteer capacities, he is a certified California Naturalist, UC Climate Steward, Master Herpetologist, and a member of CA Rare Fruit Growers. He holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree with a research focus on botanical libraries. On weekends you can find him hiking the Hillside Wilderness Preserve with his wife and pup.

Brian Ulm

Communications Committee Co-Chair

Brian Ulm relocated from Ohio in 1999, selecting Monrovia driven by a search for a city with a strong sense of community and access to wilderness and hiking. After arriving, the former Ohio Sierra club leader learned that Monrovia’s foothills were under threat of development. He found himself part of the “citizens revolt” speaking out against development at public meetings along with other Monrovians, eventually convincing the city to change positions. A special election was planned to raise taxes to purchase and protect the land, so Brian joined a committee formed to educate voters, leading tabling Friday nights at Monrovia’s family festival. After the measure passed and properties were purchased, management fell to the Community Services Commission. Brian joined the commission serving 13 years during which time the resource management plan and a new city park master plan were completed. Brian is thrilled to continue his work in support of these priceless resources as part of the MPWR Board.