The 2016 Silver SPUR Awards, held on November 17, recognized four individuals whose achievements have made San Francisco and the Bay Area a better place to live and work.
Mark Buell is the current president of the Recreation and Parks Commission and chair of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Throughout his life, Buell has sought to ensure Bay Area parkland remains accessible and protected for future generations. His legacies include the $35 million restoration of Crissy Field, the Muir Woods Visitor Center and Cavallo Point. He has just been named Chairman of the Board at the Marin Community Foundation. For 35 years, Buell promoted economic development through public and private real estate development, serving as San Francisco’s Director of Economic Development and later as Director of the Emeryville Redevelopment Agency. Buell graduated from the University of San Francisco and is a decorated Vietnam veteran.