About Traci Bliss

Emerita Professor Traci Bliss began her career in public policy at the California Energy Commission. She went on to become an award-winning education professor and state policy advisor to the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She holds BA, MA and PhD degrees from Stanford University and an MPA degree from the LBJ School, University of Texas, Austin. With this multidisciplinary lens, she captures the true story of Big Basin. Bliss’s ancestors, William T. and Jennie Bliss Jeter, were instrumental in saving Big Basin and in creating Santa Cruz County Big Trees Park, today’s Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. She is a member of the Santa Cruz Historic Preservation Commission and a state park docent.

“When I’m not writing, I love leading historic walking tours at Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park where I’m continually energized  by the dedicated staff and other docents.”