I joined the Tennis coalition to help with their mission of building a new updated tennis facility in Golden Gate Park for all San Franciscans.
As an SF native, I have enjoyed playing tennis most of my life on public courts and I want people of all ages to be able to learn, compete and enjoy the tennis experience. I volunteered for the Tennis Coalition to be able to help provide some expertise in the development of an improved facility at Golden Gate Park.
I have over 40 years experience in the construction industry in San Francisco. I hope to help the Coalition in the review of the design of the new facility and make suggestions that could save costs and improve the buildability of the project without compromising the concept or intent.
I was introduced to tennis in San Francisco at Mission Dolores by a senior player, and now, many years later, I’m the senior trying to introduce tennis to young people (these days, at Golden Gate Park).
My passion became my career, a tennis professional. I have had the honor being on the board of Golden Gate Park Tennis Club, SF Junior Tennis League, Youth Tennis Advantage (formerly National Junior Tennis League) and I have worked with the San Francisco Unified School District and USTA NorCal to bring tennis to the public.
I feel honored to serve the Tennis Coalition and aspire to better serve all the residents of San Francisco.
Martha Ehrenfeld, Co-Chair
When I first moved to San Francisco, the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center was one of the first places I went to find friends and a community. Now it is my turn to give back to the tennis community and my city.
I have served on the board of the Golden Gate Tennis Club, the Gay and Lesbian Tennis Federation and the SF Recreation and Park Department’s Tennis Advisory Committee. I am currently a member of the USTA Northern California Diversity Committee as well as board member of the Federation of Gay Games. I follow the work of many community tennis leaders who formed the Tennis Coalition; they spoke up and worked hard to be an advocate for public tennis in San Francisco. It is an honor to continue their work.
Lois Anne Indorf, Secretary
I joined the Tennis Coalition to give back to the tennis community and especially my favorite place in the world, Golden Gate Park!
I started playing at public courts in SF in the early 80s, first at JP Murphy, but as league tennis grew I joined teams out of Golden Gate Park. I made wonderful friends, took/take lessons through SF Recreation and Parks, enjoy team competition and play with the youth tennis players at Golden Gate Park!
Through my professional experience as a Nurse Practitioner, I know that our bodies are made for movement, and it is important to have fun moving. Tennis can fulfill the need for lifelong movement and fun!
Through the Tennis Coalition I help support the improvement and revitalization of our tennis resources, and through these resources support our tennis playing youth, adults and seniors!
My background is in radio broadcasting, as an on-air music personality and in Newstalk management, in-house recruiter of hosts, producers and technicians, an executive creating teams to produce live broadcasts including NFL and college football, on-air debates, fundraising events, political coverage and ongoing discussions on relevant issues and later, Executive Search.
I love San Francisco. I love big projects. I took up tennis as an adult and fell in love. I’m inspired to be working with the Tennis Coalition to execute the renovation of the historic Golden Gate Park Tennis Center.
Lois Salisbury, Co-Chair
My love affair with Golden Gate Park began with a love affair. Literally. My first date with my husband was a walk in the Children’s Playground. Now, decades later, the Park continues to mean so much to me: a perfect Sunday starts with tennis, capped off by swing dancing at Lindy in the Park with my husband.
My career as a civil rights lawyer, children’s policy advocate and non-profit manager was full of big challenges. Working to restore the tennis center in Golden Gate Park is big, too, but also very tangible. Once complete, these world-class public courts will bring sport and joy to new generations of San Franciscans from all backgrounds, united by their love of tennis. What an honor to be part of The Tennis Coalition.
I started playing tennis again about five years ago after 20+ years of hardly playing at all and forgetting how much fun it is! Fortunately both the fun and muscle memory came back quickly. I found a great community of players and people in the Gay Lesbian Tennis Federation (GLTF) and I've served on the Board of GLTF since 2012.
I live in the Mission and love playing tennis in the vibrant setting that is Dolores Park. My day job is for the City of San Francisco Controller's Office and l am passionate about urban life and community and shared public resources. I am looking forward to our work on the Tennis Coalition Board of Directors and helping insure access to tennis, health and fun for all in the City.
I have been playing on public courts throughout the City for over 25 years, and love the opportunity which the Tennis Coalition offers to improve the tennis experience for everyone. I have served on the Boards of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, Neighborhood Parks Council and School Alliance Advisory Board, so appreciate how hard citizens have to work to make our public institutions top notch. As a lawyer specializing in political and nonprofit law, I also hope my expertise can strengthen the Tennis Coalition as an effective, ongoing organization.
I am excited to be part of the Tennis Coalition, through which I hope to make tennis more accessible to young players.
I picked up my first racket when I was five and started playing more in high school. Tennis provided me the first opportunity to travel on a plane and now it's an avenue through which I'm able to meet people from all different backgrounds. I hope my work with the Tennis Coalition helps others in San Francisco enjoy the same advantage.
My career as a tax accountant gives me experience in looking at businesses and organizations through a financial analytical lens. I have also served on the United States Tennis Association Northern California Section's Diversity and Inclusion Committee so I have an understanding of what it means to bring tennis to people from all walks of life. I hope my expertise in serving various backgrounds and communities will be beneficial towards the goals of the Tennis Coalition.
Tennis Coalition SF Staff & Consultants
Julie Exley, Executive Director
I am excited to be part of the Tennis Coalition, through which I can make tennis accessible to families. Growing up, I played with my parents and brother on the public courts in the South Bay and it was a great way for us to spend time together and have fun! I hope to learn more about tennis in SF and help everyone who’s interested have the opportunity to play on safe courts and get connected with the people, teams, pros and equipment they need to be successful.
Tennis has given so much to me personally and I want to give some of my time making sure all families and kids have the same opportunities.
Paula Murphy, Marketing & Communications consultant
Tennis has been a part of my life for as far back as I can remember. As a kid I spent countless days taking lessons and hitting with friends. I was a singles player on my high school team for four years. And then, like so many of us, I barely picked up a racquet until many years later (almost two decades!).
Coming back to tennis as an adult, I appreciate so much more about the sport. I’ve always loved the physical challenges and strategy of the game, but now I can see the life lessons it has to offer: to be present, take things one at a time, give people the benefit of the doubt, and so much more. I am also grateful for the community that tennis affords. So many of my friends are people I met playing tennis. My life has been enriched beyond measure.
I hope my work with the Tennis Coalition helps other people enjoy the benefits of tennis, especially on public courts, and makes it easier to find community through tennis.
I joined SFPA in 2012 to lead the Park Partner Program and help neighborhood groups develop their projects. I am inspired by the dedication that volunteers show in pursuing their ideas and love supporting them in their efforts.
Prior to joining SFPA, I was working with Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to develop and activate trails and also worked in urban forestry and planning infill development projects. I am a certified Project Management Professional and have a Mechanical Engineering degree from Cal Poly SLO. My active sports include soccer, mountain biking, and I'm hoping working on this project gives me a chance to try tennis too!