Steve Abbors, general manager of the Los Altos-based Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, plans to retire after nearly a decade at the public agency’s helm. He will stay on through the end of the year.
“Steve came aboard during a pivotal time for Midpen and helped us change course by continuing to preserve land while increasing our restoration and public access efforts,” said Larry Hassett, Midpen board president. “His leadership was critical in sustainably growing the organization to meet the needs of the public we serve.”
Abbors arrived at Midpen in 2008, at the start of the economic downturn. One of his key accomplishments was creating financial sustainability with Measure AA, the $300 million general obligation bond passed by voters in 2014.
Abbors led the organization in the creation of a strategic plan charting a 40-year course forward with the help of the public. He also was critical to the success of Midpen’s largest project to date: opening the summit of Mount Umunhum to the public.
In retirement, Abbors said he plans to spend more time with his wife, Carlene, and their two grown daughters.