River Parkway Trust announces exciting changes to the organization's staff

The organization bids farewell to Finn Telles and welcomes Jesus Luviano and Bryna De Fede 

September 30, 2019

Fresno, CA - The San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust announces the departure of Finn Telles, Director of Business Development. Finn received a once-in-a-lifetime offer to take a position at Penny Newman Grain Company in a new product division. The River Parkway Trust congratulates Finn on the exciting career move. Finn made many significant contributions to the River Parkway Trust’s work during his five-year tenure, ranging from increasing the social media presence to volunteer support to the significant increase in business sponsorships. He has also highlighted the organization’s work with the Fresno Arts Community through art exhibits at the River Center, Respite by the River, and through the Parties for the Parkway program. The River Parkway Trust is sad to see Finn go, but knows that he will continue to be an advocate for the Parkway is his new role.

“It has been an opportunity of a lifetime to work with the River Parkway Trust promoting the San Joaquin River Parkway. The Parkway is an asset that supports the economic development in our community, and it has been an honor to work with the local business community to enhance our efforts. I cannot express how grateful I am for the support I have received from the Board, Staff and hundreds of volunteers and program participants who have supported me and our efforts on the Parkway. I am extremely excited about my new career shift and the opportunities that it will bring, and I plan to continue to support the Trust’s efforts to implement the Parkway,” said Finn Telles.

The River Parkway Trust is pleased to welcome Bryna De Fede as the new Development Associate. Bryna has worked for the organization for three summers as Camp Director of River Camp Firebaugh and has worked during the academic year as an education program intern. She is a recent Fresno State graduate with a degree in liberal studies, and during her last year at school helped manage the Vintage Days event on campus. Bryna has also participated in fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network with her sorority.

The Trust is also pleased to announce the promotion of Sarah Parkes to Development Director. Sarah has been part of the Trust’s regular staff since 2007 and has made significant contributions to the organization’s individual giving program.

The organization has also hired a new individual to fill the Rental Events Coordinator position. The River Parkway Trust is pleased to welcome Jesus Luviano to the regular staff. Jesus immigrated to the United States in his teens with a desire to become a professional dancer. He grew up in Sanger and attended Fresno State, graduating with a degree in Recreation Studies. He has been involved in all aspects of the live entertainment industry, including seasonal positions with the Ellen Degeneres Show, Metropolitan Fashion Week, and management at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. Jesus is pleased to join the River Parkway Trust and relocate closer to his family in Fresno.

Friends of the River Parkway Trust are invited to join an open house Farewell to Finn event on Tuesday, October 8, from 12-3 pm at the River Center. It will be an opportunity to come share stories and send Finn off with a fond farewell.


Sarah Parkes 
Development Director 
559-248-8480 x. 107 
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