IUCN - WCPA Deputy Vice Chair, Partnerships
Mountains Biome Theme
Special area of interest:
National Parks throughout the world
Mike recently retired from the US National Park Service after a 36-year career. He served in ten National Parks during that time, and in four of them was Superintendent.
He culminated his long and distinguished career by serving for six years as Superintendent of Yosemite National Park (shown at right), a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During his tenure there, Mike leveraged his business and partnership skills to transform its historically-contentious stakeholder and gateway community relationships into vibrant, collaborative, and productive partnerships that benefit the entire Yosemite Region.
He also used these skills to successfully establish for Yosemite two "Sister Parks" in China, Huangshan and Jiuzhaigou (which are both also World Heritage Sites), plus an additional "Sister Park" in Chile, Torres del Paine (see photos below). Obviously, Park management has been Mike's passion.
In his post-Park Service career, Mike continues to support parks as President of the Yosemite Fund, raising private funds for projects that protect and preserve Yosemite while providing for enriched enjoyment by its visitors.