Press Release Mar 18, 2024

Great Lakes Champion Crystal Davis Joins Parks Group to Lead, Expand Midwest Work

“You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going,” -- Crystal Davis, NPCA's New Midwest Senior Director

Cleveland, OH – The National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) today celebrates the addition of Ohio native Crystal Davis as new Midwest Senior Director. As an accomplished and well-recognized leader, Crystal will oversee and expand NPCA’s work across the Midwest, including in her home state of Ohio where fires on the Cuyahoga River led to the creation of the Clean Water Act and the environmental justice movement as we know it today. From water policy advocacy to environmental justice and protection, Crystal’s diverse expertise has helped shape public policies that bring communities together and support health, justice and resiliency. She will honor and grow NPCA’s impact across a large, diverse and vibrant region that is home to more than 51 national park sites in 11 states, and the communities and park champions who care for them.

“You have to know where you’ve been to know where you’re going,” said Crystal Davis, Midwest Senior Director for the National Parks Conservation Association. “Our parks and the history and stories they hold connect us in ways that make us better. Outdoor spaces offer us solace and provide deeper connections to the people and places that helped shape our lives. That includes our cultural heritage – a space I am deeply passionate about and will work every day to preserve more fully and lift up.”

Crystal Davis

NPCA’s Midwest Senior Director Crystal Davis

As an executive leader with a distinguished career in government relations and public affairs that has flourished in Ohio, the Great Lakes region and Washington D.C., Crystal brings full circle, invaluable lived experience to the Midwest Senior Regional Director role. The Midwest region boasts a diverse array of national parks that reflect its rich heritage, our shared history, and amazing landscapes and waterways. From the iconic Mount Rushmore to the tranquil shores of Lake Michigan at Indiana Dunes, our parks showcase some of the most significant cultural, natural and historic resources that can only be found here. Spanning urban and rural areas, our Midwest parks tell the stories of the Buffalo Soldiers, President Lincoln’s early childhood and the legend of Mother Bear and sacred Tribal homelands at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

“NPCA is energized and made better by Crystal Davis joining our community,” said David Lamfrom, Vice President of Regional Programs. “We are inspired to action by her big vision, leadership and brilliance. NPCA has amazing staff and a hard-earned legacy in this vital region and we can see clear as day that Crystal Davis will show up for parks and people, and build trust, opportunity, relationships and impact positive change. We are proud to have Crystal with us.”

Crystal remains an active member of several boards including the important Ohio Lake Erie Commission, helping to preserve Lake Erie’s natural resources, water quality and to promote economic development throughout the region. This work includes the coordination and support of state policies, programs and funding.

Prior to her role with NPCA, Crystal led policy and strategic engagement at the Alliance for the Great Lakes. Under her guidance, the organization achieved remarkable milestones related to water policy advocacy and coalition building.

Follow along for more on Crystal’s leadership and our Midwest work here.


About the National Parks Conservation Association: Since 1919, the nonpartisan National Parks Conservation Association has been the leading voice in safeguarding our national parks. NPCA and its more than 1.6 million members and supporters work together to protect and preserve our nation’s most iconic and inspirational places for future generations. For more information, visit