America’s Best Idea: National Parks in the 21st Century


Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 4:30pm to 5:45pm


Darman Room (Taubman 135), Harvard Kennedy School

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4:30-5:45 p.m.
Darman Seminar Room, Taubman 135
Harvard Kennedy School


Will Shafroth, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation will share his perspective on the state of our national parks – the challenges that face them and what the future holds. He will also share how his 38-year public service career and time at Harvard Kennedy School has prepared him for the work he does today.

Speaker Bio

As president and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, Will Shafroth leads the organization’s work to inspire all people to connect with and protect America’s unique national parks.

Shafroth led the National Park Foundation’s partnership with the National Park Service during the agency’s Centennial in 2016, contributing to increased public awareness of parks through the popular Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque program, engaging new, more diverse audiences, and expanding public-private partnerships supporting national parks and park programs. 

He also oversaw the successful conclusion of the Foundation’s Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, raising over $550 million over five years, leveraging transformational private philanthropy to support national parks.

Before joining the National Park Foundation, Shafroth served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Counselor to the Secretary of the Department of the Interior (DOI), Ken Salazar. He has also served as executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and Colorado Conservation Trust, and chairman of the Land Trust Alliance and Resources Legacy Fund.



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