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This profile was last updated on 1/17/14  and contains information from public web pages and contributions from the ZoomInfo community.

Employment History

  • Director
    Santa Cruz County Parks Department
  • Deputy Director, Park Operations
    Environmental Resources Agency
  • Director
  • Deputy Director, Operations and Maintenance
    County of Santa Clara
  • Executive Director
    Naperville Park District
  • Deputy Director
    Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department
  • President
  • Deputy Director, Operations and Maintenance
    County of Santa Clara
  • President
    California Park
  • Deputy Director
    County of Santa Clara , California
  • Deputy Director, Operations and Maintenance
    Historical Heritage Commission


  • doctorate , Business Administration
    Northcentral University
  • Bachelor of Science degree , Community Recreation
    Southern Illinois University
  • Masters of Arts , Public Administration
    Sangamon State University
  • NRPA Revenue Resources Management School
  • NRPA Executive Development School
43 Total References
Web References
Joe Schultz, Director, ..., 1 June 2011 [cached]
Joe Schultz, Director, Santa Cruz County Parks and Recreation Department
Joe Schultz, 19 Sept 2012 [cached]
Joe Schultz, DBA, CPRP is the Director of Parks, Open Space and Cultural Services for the County of Santa Cruz, California. Schultz received his Bachelor of Science degree in Community Recreation from Southern Illinois University, his Masters of Arts in Public Administration from Sangamon State University, and his doctorate in Business Administration (DBA) from Northcentral University. In addition to formal degree training, Schultz has pursued further professional development by attending NRPA Executive Development School, NRPA Revenue Resources Management School, and many trainings and workshops during his 35 years of park and recreation experience.
Prior to being hired by the County of Santa Cruz, Schultz was the Deputy Director for the County of Santa Clara, California. Schultz has served as the Executive Director for the Naperville Park District in Naperville, Illinois; the General Manager for Elk Grove Community Services District in Elk Grove, CA; the Community Services Director for the City of Rancho Cucamonga in California; the Director of Parks and Recreation for Deerfield, Illinois; the NRPA Great Lakes Regional Director; and the Director of Parks and Recreation for the Westmont Park District.
As a Certified Park and Recreation Professional, Schultz has published numerous articles in local, state and national publications. In addition, Schultz is a frequent speaker at National, State, and local park and recreation conferences and workshops.
Under Schultz's leadership as Director of Parks and Recreation for the Deerfield Park District, the District won the National Gold Medal; and serving as Director of the Naperville Park District, the Illinois Park District Association was awarded the Distinguished Agency Award to that municipality.
Schultz has served as President of the California Park and Recreation Society District IV and the California Association of Regional Park and Open Space Administrators (CARPOSA). He participated on the NRPA Professional Examination Committee for six years. Schultz was a member of the NRPA's Regional Council and several state committees.
Schultz currently serves as a lecturer at San Jose State University teaching undergraduate courses.
On a personal level, Schultz and his wife Claire (a teacher) have raised five children. Schultz's recreation activities include running, (he has completed twenty marathons), biking, and swimming. Schultz and his family live near the beach in Santa Cruz, California. [updated 12/09]
The County of Santa Clara - County of Santa Clara Contacts, 21 Oct 2005 [cached]
Joe SchultzDeputy Director, Operations & Maintenance
Phone: (408) 355-2212Email:
Youth Science Institute Board Page, 21 Jan 2007 [cached]
Joe Schultz
Joe SchultzJoe is the Deputy Director of the Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation Department.He acts as an ex-officio member of the board and a liason with the Parks Department.
Info, 1 Dec 2007 [cached]
Joe Schultz, Immediate Past President
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