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Published November 23rd, 2022
Town hires new Parks and Rec director
Moraga's new Parks and Rec Director Mackenzie Brady Photo Vera Kochan

Just in time for the busy holiday season of community activities, Moraga's new Parks and Recreation Director Mackenzie Brady is happy to keep the town's traditions alive.
Brady's first day on the job was Oct. 17, and she's already come to appreciate the town's atmosphere: "It's peaceful and relaxing."
Earning a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and American Studies from Salem College in North Carolina; a Master of Education in Outdoor Education Administration from Georgia College and State University in Georgia; and a Doctor of Philosophy - Educational Policy, Planning, and Leadership from William and Mary in Virginia, Brady has had experience in project management; program facilitation; contract negotiations; grant/writing management; operational efficiency; and logistics management.
During her last position as Recreation Director for the City of Millbrae since 2018, Brady spearheaded the building of a newly completed recreation center, managing to help raise the $30 million in funds and get the project done in time for summer camp season. "My name is listed on the building," she stated with pride. "I feel like I had accomplished something."
The Nebraska native also had a career in outdoor recreation for colleges, organizing backpacking and camping expeditions. "I always want to provide more recreational opportunities."
Brady, who lives in Oakland with her wife Emily (a Navy veteran) and their 17-month-old son August (Auggie), became tired of the commute to and from Millbrae and decided to check for other job options through CalOpps, which is what brought her to Moraga. "Right now, I'm getting used to the budget and how things work over here. The main thing is to get myself oriented. I just want to continue to maintain what staff is currently working on."
As far as future plans for the Parks and Rec Department, Brady intends to send out a community survey to see what types of activities residents would like. She'd also like to develop an adult sports program. "I love how the residents are so involved. I want to be connected and involved in the community personally, as well. I'm just really happy to be here - it's been wonderful so far."

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