Folsom City Manager Elaine Andersen announced today Lorraine Poggione has been selected as the Folsom Parks & Recreation Director effective October 16.
Poggione has served the City of Folsom since 2002 as Landscaping and Lighting Manager in the Folsom Parks & Recreation Department. She has been responsible for managing the city’s 29 Landscaping and Lighting Districts, renovating miles of streetscapes to improve water conservation, and co-chairing the Amgen Tour of California Folsom Stage 6 Start.
“Lorraine has a wealth of experience in working to improve the aesthetics and quality of our public landscapes, parks, and trails; and has faithfully and expertly served the Folsom community for more than 15 years,” said City Manager Elaine Andersen. “Lorraine has the relationships, expertise, institutional knowledge, and attitude to lead the department into its exciting future, as we continue to bring parks, trails, recreational programs, amenities, and that unparalleled ‘95630 experience’ to the Folsom community.”
Poggione brings more than 30 years of public and private sector experience to the position. Before working at the City of Folsom, Poggione prepared environmental documents for public infrastructure, school, and commercial development projects for engineering and planning firms.
Poggione will be charged with managing the operations of the Folsom Parks & Recreation Department, including the Steve Miklos Aquatic Center, Andy Morin Sports Complex, Folsom Senior and Art Center, and Zoo Sanctuary; as well as 48 parks, 50 miles of recreational trails, 1,000+ acres of open space; and many special events such as Wild Nights and Holiday Lights. She will manage current and future park development initiatives and serve as an advisor to the Folsom Parks & Recreation Commission. She will oversee the department’s 48 full-time and more than 300 part-time employees with an annual operating budget of $17 million.
“I am delighted to be Folsom’s next Parks & Recreation Director. It’s a great honor to be part of the city family and community team of impressive professionals and innovative thinkers,” said Poggione. “I look forward to working with the dedicated staff of the Parks & Recreation Department as well as our community partners and residents to continue to foster creativity, enjoyment, and ‘distinctive by nature’ recreational opportunities.”
Poggione holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Golden Gate University and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental science from San Jose State University.
The Folsom Parks & Recreation Department’s mission is to establish and maintain facilities, parks and services that enhance the quality of life for all ages, cultural origins, and abilities. For more information about the Folsom Parks & Recreation Department, visit the City of Folsom website or call 916-461-6606.