National Parks Conservation Association Announces New Northwest Regional Director

 
PRESS RELEASE
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date:   June 17, 2013
Contact:   Kati Schmidt, Senior Media Relations Manager, National Parks Conservation Association: 415.728.0840, kschmidt@npca.org


National Parks Conservation Association Announces New Northwest Regional Director

Seattle, WA – Ushering in new leadership to protect and enhance our national parks, the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today welcomed Rob Smith as its new Northwest Regional Director. Based in NPCA’s Seattle office, Smith will help further the organization’s nationwide and regional advocacy efforts, with an emphasis on national park sites in Washington and Oregon.

“Rob brings a wealth of skills and a proven track record of success in grassroots organizing, strategic campaign design, Congressional relations, and a host of other skills to the National Parks Conservation Association,” said Tony Jewett, Vice President of Regional Operations for the National Parks Conservation Association. “We are thrilled to welcome Rob back to his hometown and look forward to his achieving victories for our national parks that will be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Smith brings nearly 30 years of nonprofit conservation experience and advocacy to NPCA, with much of his time spent in the field. While Smith was born and raised in the Northwest, he spent the majority of his career thus far with the Sierra Club, where he held leadership positions including Southwest Regional Director. 

"It’s great to be back in the Northwest - especially with a focus on protecting and enhancing our National Park System. I look forward to helping preserve the history and landscapes of this great region, in my new position with the National Parks Conservation Association," said Rob Smith.  

“NPCA’s colleagues across the country have enjoyed collaborating with Rob over the years on efforts involving some of our most iconic national parks.  Rob comes to our organization already highly lauded by his peers for his strategic and innovative approach to issues,” said Jewett.

Since 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice of the American people in protecting and enhancing our National Park System. NPCA, its more than 750,000 members and supporters, and many partners work together to protect the park system and preserve our nation’s natural, historical, and cultural heritage for generations to come.

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