Gloria Sandoval, Deputy Secretary for Access

Gloria Sandoval, of Stockton, joined the California Natural Resources Agency (CNRA) as Deputy Secretary for Access in April 2024. In collaboration with CNRA’s departments, conservancies and partners, Gloria works to advance the right of all Californians to have access to recreational opportunities and enjoy the cultural, historic, and natural resources found across the beautiful state of California.


For almost 24 years, she has served Californians as:

  • Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the California Department of Parks and Recreation from 2015 to 2024.
  • Associate Director of Communications at CNRA from 2014 to 2015.
  • Information Officer at the California Department of Parks and Recreation from 2013 to 2014.
  • Information Officer and Education Analyst at the California Department of Boating and Waterways from 2000 to 2012.


Gloria earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Government from California State University, Sacramento. She enjoys spending time with her fiancée, three labradoodles, family, and friends (especially in the outdoors and museums).