San Mateo PAL Pulse November and December 2023

San Mateo PAL Pulse

Pulse Oct 23 - 1

Meet PAL's New Director of Special Events and Marketing
Felicia Ward


With over a decade of experience partnering with corporate and non-profit organizations in New York and California, Felicia has worked on cross-functional teams to design and drive high-profile events, community-based programs, and advance capital fundraising campaigns. Before joining the San Mateo Police Activities League, Felicia most recently served as Program Manager for Stanford University, helping to cultivate a more robust and diverse volunteer pipeline for the Board of Governors and Beyond the Farm Alumni Day of Service while generating innovative revenue channels for Stanford's celebrated Wine Program.

Prior to Stanford, Felicia raised funds for the San Mateo County Community Colleges District. During her time at the District, she helped raise over $1.5 million for first-generation Promise Program college students, closing the opportunity gap in education. Indeed equity, inclusion, and fundraising work have been a through-line in Felicia's career. As Assistant Director at Columbia Business School, she aided in establishing the School's inaugural Women's Circle, an diversity and equity-based leadership initiative to promote and inspire a lifelong supportive community for alumnae in business leadership.

Felicia also brings broad and deep experience as a strategic project manager, leading database systems, constructing budgets, and implementing community relations. Additionally, she holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Business Management from Columbia University. In her spare time, Felicia is passionate about her collaborative work as a program advocate for her family's foundation that focuses on instituting policy changes to protect the ecological integrity of California water sources, native plant species, and indigenous rights. She also serves as a program volunteer supporting Second Harvest of Silicon Valley's food distribution.

News and Updates

Congrats to Our Explorers For Becoming
SMPD Community Service Officers

Robert Anguiano
Robert Anguiano
Michael Carmona
Michael Carmona
Yamile Cruz
Yamile Cruz
Alfred Khayat
Alfred Khayat
Angel Sosa
Angel Sosa

Huge CONGRATS to our former Explorers for becoming SMPD's newest Community Service Officers. We are so incredibly proud of you and look forward to seeing your contributions to the community! Way to go Robert, Michael, Yamile, Alfred, and Angel!

Meet Our Staff

Dana Jonas

Dana Jonas

In every newsletter, we will be spotlighting a PAL staff member or volunteer. Without them, our PAL programs would not be as successful as they are.

This month we are spotlighting:

Dana Jonas, Program Assistant

I have worked for the City of San Mateo in the Department of Parks and Recreation since November 2022. In November of this year, I became a Program Assistant for PAL. I have been enjoying the work, helping with a variety of office tasks to support the program.

I spent most of my childhood in San Diego, moving to the Bay Area after high school. I earned a BA in Anthropology from San Francisco State University. I have lived in San Mateo County for 22 years. I live in Pacifica with my husband and our three teenagers, the oldest mostly living away at college.

I enjoy spending time with my family and our 2 dogs, reading, camping in the summer and road trips. 

Join Us at PAL's Place

PAL's Place Reopens on Sept 5th!

Pulse Sep 23 - 9

PAL's Place, at the Shoreview Recreation Center, reopens on Tuesday, September 5th! It's a dedicated space for middle schoolers to visit, hang out, play sports, or do homework in the presence of other PAL members. It's a collaborative space with computers, comfortable chairs, PlayStation, and sports equipment to check out for use in the park.

PAL's Place is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. This awesome place is for PAL members only. Becoming a member is easy, fill out this membership form here. Upon completing your membership form, you can register for the program at any recreation center or on-line using the Activity # 532130.

Feel free to email: or call Laura Sharp at (650) 759-1852 with any questions. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Check Out What Are PAL Kids Are Up To!

PAL Kid 1
PAL kid 2

Enjoying themselves in our Craft Class. Making yummy treats in our Cookie Club.

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