President & CEO
John Robinson serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of the California Attractions and Parks Association (CAPA). He is responsible for all operations of the association including legislative outreach, industry communications, regulatory issues, membership and public relations.
Before joining CAPA, Mr. Robinson held an executive position in the White House under President William Clinton, serving as Deputy Director of the National Partnership for Reinventing Government, the agency which created the Welfare to Work program; cut more than $170 billion from the federal budget; and declassified satellite and communications systems now in common public use.
He also worked as Director of Public Affairs for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, running cabinet and presidential level events.
Mr. Robinson is a former journalist, working for 12 years in his home town of Santa Cruz, California, winning multiple state-wide awards from the California Newspaper Publisher's Association. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Reuters, the Associated Press and magazines and publications worldwide. He was also a long-time Contributing Editor of Surfing and Surfer Magazines.
His entry into the amusement park industry began in 2001 when he accepted the position of Director of Community Relations for the Santa Cruz Seaside Co. which operates the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and other concerns. He was elected Chairman of CAPA before assuming the role of CAPA's founding CEO in 2004.
Mr. Robinson spent his youth surfing around the world and competing in full-contact martial arts tournaments. He graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Literature / Creative Writing with a minor focus in physics and astronomy.
He lives in Santa Cruz with his wife, a former mayor of Santa Cruz. They have two children. Their daughter is finishing her PhD in Molecular Genetics at Harvard University. Their son recently graduated from UC Berkeley. They have a dog.