People of Fairyland
Here are some of the people who make Children’s Fairyland the special place it is.
My favorite character is Belle from Beauty and the Beast (she’s a reader!)
C.J. has been executive director of Children’s Fairyland since 2002, following a distinguished 25-year career in cable television. Over the course of C.J.’s tenure, Fairyland attendance has doubled and programs and partnerships have expanded. Fairyland’s focus on reading readiness is one reason C.J. loves her position. She’s volunteered in community efforts to promote childhood literacy for many years including serving as chair of the Oakland Library Advisory Commission and on the board of the Oakland Parents’ Literacy Project. Recognizing that Fairyland is both an educational and therapeutic environment, Hirschfield hired a full-time director of education in 2013, resulting in new and innovative community programs.
C.J. served as two-term chairperson of the board of directors of the California Attractions and Parks Association, which promotes park safety and high professional standards and is an active member of Oakland Rotary and on the Board of the Lake Merritt/Uptown Community Benefit District.
C.J. graduated from Stanford University with a degree in communications. She lives in Oakland and loves the fact that she can walk to work.
Contact me about Summer Camp, Field Trips, Storytime, and other educational programs.
My favorite character is Amelia Bedelia.
Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator
Contact me about individual or group volunteer opportunities, community outreach, and free field trips.
My favorite character is: Arrietty from The Secret World of Arrietty
Contact me about Catered Birthday Parties and Summer Sleepovers at Fairyland.
My favorite character is Fox, from Fox in Socks by Dr. Seuss.
Media and Marketing
Contact me about Marketing, Advertising, Publicity.
My favorite characters are the children in Half Magic and other Edward Eager books.
Director of Events
Contact me about Special Events, Annual Gala Fundraiser, Jack O’Lantern Jamboree, Fairy Winterland, Weekend Entertainment, and Park Rentals.
My favorite fairytale character is Thumbelina.
Contact me about general park operations.
My favorite character is Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz.
Contact me about facility projects and maintenance.
My favorite character is the Crooked Man
Artistic Director, Fairyland Theatre
Contact me about Children's Theatre and Theatre for the Very Young.
My Favorite character is the Cheshire Cat.
Contact me about filming at Fairyland, photo requests for editorial content, and Fairyland logo permitted uses.
My favorite character is Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles
Landscape Supervisor and Horticulturist
Contact me about what’s bloomin’ in our gardens.
My favorite character is Old Brown Owl, who chased Squirrel Nutkin out of the garden, and I also love the Fairies that live in our Coast Live Oak trees!
Contact me about making a donation or including Fairyland in your estate plan.
My favorite characters are the three Billy Goats Gruff.
Contact me with any membership questions.
My favorite character is The Mad Hatter.
Board of Directors
Theresa Nelson, President
Jillian Loh Kearns