Director Nonette Hanko

Representing East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Palo Alto, Stanford
Term end: 2018

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A native of San Mateo and Burlingame, Nonette Hanko has been a Palo Alto resident since 1951. In 1970, Nonette, along with a handful of key open space preservation proponents, spearheaded a two county initiative to form the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District.

Nonette has served on the elected Board of Directors since 1972. She has served six terms as President and is the only Board member to have served two of these terms consecutively. In addition to her service as a Board member since the District’s inception, Nonette was also appointed to the 2020 Task Force of Santa Clara County, which recommended that a new south county open space agency be formed to complete a ring of agencies circling the San Francisco Bay.

Over the last decade, Nonette has been recognized for her preservation efforts and has been featured as one of the living visionaries of Bay Area open space in photographer/author Galen Rowell’s book Bay Area Wild, received the World of Out of Doors Award from the Girl Scouts in Santa Clara County, and received the prestigious “Creators of the Legacy” honor as part of the Palo Alto Centennial.

Nonette continues to live in Palo Alto, and spends time with her children and grandchildren.