Cody, Bonnie Jill

Cody, Bonnie Jill

Date Updated



Recreation & Leisure Studies

Academic Rank

Department Chair

Year Retired from SJSU


Educational Background

San José State University, 1973, BS

San José State University, 1983, MPA

Teaching Experience

SJSU, Adjunct Faculty, School of Library & Information Science, 2007-2009

SJSU, Chair, Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, 2004-2007

Administrative and Professional Experience

SJSU, Assistant Director, School of Library and Information Science

City of San José CA, Recreation Superintendent

Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Licensed Facilitator

Continuous Improvement Meeting and Strategic Planning Facilitator

Selected Publications

America Abandoned ~ The Secret Velvet Coup That Cost Us Our Democracy

The American people have been abandoned. Behemoth corporations, the disgustingly rich, the media, Congress, and the Supreme Court have withdrawn their support from “We, the People”, in spite of their duty, allegiance, or responsibility to American citizens. (

Jill’s book won two prestigious, international awards … "The 2017 New Generation Indie Book Finalist Award" and " 2017 The Best Book Finalist Award."

Climate Abandoned ~ We're on the Endangered Species List

A gripping anthology of international, diverse, and impassioned voices, Climate Abandoned is an urgent, rallying call to the world: We must stop the climate crisis ... now! In the pages of Climate Abandoned, intelligent voices from various backgrounds and perspectives open their hearts and offer their expertise on the pressing issues of the climate crisis through stories and data and with unforgettable little-known facts that will inspire curious and general population readers to take action. Jill is Project Editor and Contributor. Publication: Spring, 2019. (

Personal Commentary

2013–2018 Author, America Abandoned Series

2006–2013 The Climate Project

  • Trained by the Honorable Al Gore to present his slide show based on the Academy Award-winning film, “An Inconvenient Truth” to community groups. The Climate Project’s mission is to increase public awareness of the climate crisis at a grassroots level, though out the United States via 1000 authorized volunteers.

1995–Present Cody Associates

  • Created a successful small business to provide custom designed Organization Development consultant resources to public, private, and nonprofit entities in support of goals and desired outcomes towards their improved performance and success.

1992–Present Monopoly in the Park - Project Creator/Leader/Volunteer

  • A Capital Park Improvement Project, Discovery Meadow, San Jose, California. Created and constructed a larger-than-life-sized version of the world’s most popular board game. The only one of its kind and is a 2004 “Guinness Book World Records” Holder (

1992–1995 Adopt-a-Park - Program Creator San Jose, California

  • Secured funding, designed, and created an Adopt-a-Park Program that now has 4500 volunteers citywide with all of San Jose’s 146 neighborhood parks adopted. Due to its success, it is now being expanded to the City’s regional parks and trails.

Transitions to Retirement Project Interviews


Cody, Bonnie Jill