About Norman

The East Bay Regional Park District needs a proven environmental advocate serving on the Board. For 38 years, Norman La Force has proven that when it comes to improving parks, he doesn't just talk the talk; he gets it done.

Norman at Pt Isabel Dog Park with his daughter and her dog
Norman with his daughter, Annaliese, and her rescue dog, Pacha, at Point Isabel Dog Park. Norman led the campaign to double the size of the park.

If you’ve enjoyed a trail or park alongside the Bay between Berkeley and Richmond, you can thank Norman La Force. Norman was instrumental in creating the McLaughlin Eastshore State Park and Tom Bates Sports fields, and in doubling the size of Point Isabel Dog Park. He has also successfully advocated for the East Bay Regional Park District to invest in habitat stewardship, helping native wildlife populations thrive in the East Bay.

Norman La Force is running for EBRPD Board in order to expand equitable access to our parks, strengthen habitat protections and improve recreational opportunities for all.

If elected, Norman’s priorities include:

  • Protecting existing open space;
  • Expanding wildfire prevention efforts;
  • Rehabilitating cherished park gems like Jewell Lake and the Albany Bulb;
  • Expanding access to parks for all, especially in denser urban areas of the District;
  • Creating an East Bay Regional Park as part of the Community Plan for Point Molate;
  • Increasing funding for habitat stewardship; and
  • Providing land for new ball fields, especially in Richmond.

Norman has lived in El Cerrito since 1981, and served on the City Council for 8 years. He lives with his wife, Mingli Wang. Their two grown daughters were raised with constant trips to East Bay Parks.

Norman is the author of Creating the Eastshore State Park: An Activist's History. It is for sale as a paperback or e-book, and all proceeds go to Citizens for East Shore Parks, the nonprofit group that continues to advocate for an expanded Eastshore State Park.