|For Immediate Release:
||February 07, 2012|
|Contact(s):||David Barna, (202) 208-6843|
|Alexa Viets named Chief of NPS Centennial Office
WASHINGTON – National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has named Alexa Viets to head a new office dedicated to preparing for the National Park Service (NPS) centennial in 2016.
The appointment follows a national town hall meeting where Jarvis outlined an initiative to carry the NPS to the centennial. A Call to Action: Preparing for a Second Century of Stewardship and Engagement features 36 action items designed to connect people to parks, advance the NPS education mission, preserve America’s special places and enhance professional and organization excellence within the NPS.
Jarvis said, “The action items are in the hands of teams of employees who are determined that we embark on our second century of stewardship as an agency transformed. Alexa is a talented planner and manager who thrives in a collaborative atmosphere and we’re counting on her to coordinate centennial goals of A Call to Action.”
“One of the most important parts of my job will be to support the teams, parks and programs that move those action items forward,” Viets said. “It’s also important that we celebrate our centennial and create events, programs, and partnerships that invite the public to explore all 397 national parks and learn about the assistance available from the NPS programs to help rebuild communities through historic preservation and recreation.”
Viets said the centennial is much more than one-time events or celebrations with our partners: “It’s about how we can transform the work we do together for the next century.”
Viets begins her new job on February 13. She is currently the Albright Fellow in the NPS Director’s office. She has worked for the National Park Service since July 2002. Previous assignments include the National Mall and Memorial Parks and Washington’s Rock Creek Park where she was the program manager for the Civil War Defenses of Washington sites.
Viets was a transportation planning consultant in Philadelphia before joining the National Park Service. She grew up in Kansas City, Kansas, is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and received a masters degree in urban planning from the University of Pennsylvania.
Viets said, “I can’t think of many National Park Service assignments that could be more exciting – to celebrate who we are, what we do and what we can contribute.”
About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 397 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at www.nps.gov.