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.
As an SF native, I grew up playing tennis all over San Francisco. My dad introduced my brother and I to the sport on our local courts at a very young age. It wasn’t until my teenage years though that I took a more competitive approach to the sport, joining my school’s tennis teams at Saint Ignatius College Prep and then at City College of San Francisco. Clearly, I couldn’t get enough! After graduating college in Southern California, I returned to San Francisco and joined a 4.0 USTA team based out of Golden Gate Park, where I discovered my home away from home. There is something truly special and unique about playing tennis at Golden Gate Park – hearing the drum circles on Hippie Hill, witnessing the billowing fog spilling over Sutro Tower and UCSF’s Parnassus Campus, all just a few steps away from the Children’s Playground where I spent most of my childhood. I can’t help but get butterflies as we embark on the final stages of construction and look forward to the grand opening of the complex in 2020 for all to enjoy! I’m thrilled that through my participation on the Tennis Coalition board, I can help support the improvement and revitalization of public tennis resources across San Francisco. I want people of all ages, backgrounds, and skill levels to be able to learn, compete and enjoy all that tennis has to offer (exercise, fun, family) – just as I have!
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 San Francisco Parks Alliance. 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.
The Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex is a second home for me, a place where I can go to meet up—both purposefully or in happy happenstance—with a wonderful, diverse group of friends to let loose, compete, have fun, and enjoy each other’s company.
I captain many Golden Gate Park USTA tennis teams, and the benefits for my teammates and me through the years are profound: we make deep, lasting friendships; we get to feel the thrill of achievement both for ourselves and our teammates in competition; we stay healthy.
I am thrilled to be on the Board of the Tennis Coalition, whose progress I’ve admired and hope to assist. Like the GGP community itself, they are scrappy, down to earth, fun and hard working. I am glad to bring my GGP tennis playing and captaining experience, my perspective as a mother of three, and my background as a lawyer to the table. It is an honor to help bring something monumental to the community that has done so much for me.
I grew up playing tennis in Northern California; I learned the game playing at the high school courts with my Mom and Dad and followed that by meeting my husband playing tennis. A large part of my career I was involved in the tennis industry. Tennis is truly the game of a lifetime and an opportunity to make lasting friendships and stay healthy and active.
I played many tournaments at Golden Gate Park and have fond memories. To be able to be a part of providing those memories for others by creating an amazing place to play and learn is a great opportunity and one that I am excited to be a part of.
Drew possesses 10+ years of business development experience across multiple fields, holding Director positions at the HR tech giant Namely, Service Design firm Fjord (acquired by Accenture NYSE: ACN), and digital media and branding agency Portal A. He has helped companies like Adidas, Nike, JP Morgan Chase, Trunk Club & Best Buy bring award-winning products and services to Market. Drew is an alumnus of UC Berkeley where he played Football (4-year letter) and double majored in political science and American Studies. Drew also received his masters in education from UC Berkeley through their Sport in Education program where he wrote his thesis on locker room culture and its effects on team success.
"Tennis has played a competitive and comforting role in my life since childhood," says Drew. "I grew up in Oakland and played tennis almost every day as a kid with my dad. Tennis was a consistent bonding event for me and my dad as we played at all hours of the day while I always tried to mimic my childhood heroes: Agassi, Rafter, Philippoussis and my all-time favorite Pete Sampras.
"I played on organized teams through my early teenage years until I fell prey to irrational hoop dreams of becoming Michael Jordan through high school. Throughout my many sports transitions, tennis always remained consistent. My feet have always felt comfortable behind the service line prepping for a first serve. Today I consistently play at least once a week wherever I can find space in SF."
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!
I started playing tennis in the 1980s (with a wooden racquet), inspired by a 17-year-old Boris Becker winning Wimbledon. I benefited from after-school programs in Palo Alto when I was growing up and at 13 decided to commit to tennis as my main sport. I played junior tennis in the USTA NorCal district, winning the 16 & Under and 18 & Under singles tournament at Golden Gate Park.
These days I play at the Cal Club, the Hamilton courts and Grattan Playground. I am excited about the improvements being made at GGPTC, especially the lights for nighttime play and the greater spacing between courts. What excites me the most is the skills that young people will learn and the communities that will form at the renovated facility. I hope that future generations will create amazing memories at the new GGPTC playing and competing there. I'm excited to contribute to the Tennis Coalition of SF and help improve tennis in San Francisco for everyone!
Lilian Kim Lynch
I took up tennis soon after I moved to San Francisco. Everything I learned about playing the game was through the classes I signed up for through Rec and Park. The experience was life changing. I learned new skills, met friends and developed a passion for the sport. Along the way, the tennis courts at Golden Gate Park became my happy place. I’ve met people from all walks of life, young and old. I cherish those relationships and the sense of community there that I have yet to find anywhere else.
Surya Ramanathan, Treasurer
From the age of 6 until 18, tennis was an incredibly important fixture in my life. Moving from Colorado to California at age 12, it was the only constant in my life. When I moved to San Francisco after my undergraduate education, I found myself often playing at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center. As my career advanced, I fell away from tennis, and picked up other hobbies such as golf, biking, and skiing. Luckily, I was given the opportunity to serve on the oversight committee for the Golden Gate Tennis Center Remodel to re-engage with a sport I loved so dearly.
Joining the board of the Tennis Coalition of San Francisco is an opportunity for me to take that engagement to the next level, and hopefully help make the sport more accessible to all San Franciscans.
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.
Past Board Members
Tennis Coalition SF Staff & Consultants
Julie Exley, GTC Project Manager (former 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, Executive Director
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.