Meet the Trustees Team

 Eric  

Eric Olson, Director, Trustees for the Parks

Eric Olson joined the NPCA staff in June 2012 as the Director of the Trustees for the Parks. Growing up on the east coast, Eric explored a number of historic, cultural and natural heritage parks including: Acadia National Park, Gettysburg National Military Park, Shenandoah National Park, Cape Cod National Seashore, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Eric’s ventures west have included visits to Rocky Mountain National Park, Yellowstone National Park and Channel Islands National Park.

Eric is responsible for recruiting members of the Trustees for the Parks and keeping NPCA members informed on the latest park issues and victories. Eric has a strong background in member engagement and fundraising through his professional experiences with the Smithsonian Institution, Chicago Humanities Festival, Newberry Library, and the Fund for Public Interest Research.

Phone: (202) 454-3331 Email: eolson@npca.org

  
 Carole  

Carole Southall, Regional Director of Development – Northeast and Mid-Atlantic Regions

"I spend my days with philanthropists, volunteers, and staff who contribute their resources to make the world a better place," says Carole Southall, the new Director of Development for NPCA’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Office. Carole has been a fundraiser for more than 20 years, affiliated with organizations such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Royal Nature Conservancy (complete profile on LinkedIn). She loves major gifts for its deeply personal connection to individuals. "Most of America’s greatest Parks and Historic sites came about because of philanthropists who give major gifts of land, or regular citizens who fought to conserve an important aspect of American heritage." Carole fondly recalls that her parents' idea of the best vacation in the world was to visit a national park, and together they crisscrossed the country visiting national parks in 49 states (Alaska someday!). Today she lives in Wilton, Connecticut with her architect husband, also home to Weir Farm National Park, where she spends many weekend hours as an amateur painter.

Phone: (212) 617-8298 Email: csouthall@npca.org

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