Patricia Nicklin Named Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the National Park Foundation

WASHINGTON, June 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, welcomed Patricia Nicklin to the role of Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  In this role, Nicklin will provide strategic oversight and management of the Foundation. Nicklin will be based out of the National Park Foundation's headquarters in Washington, D.C. and report to Mulholland.

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"Patricia brings an outstanding track record of strategic fundraising and diverse management experience to this important role," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Her exemplary non-profit background and leadership will be a powerful addition to the Foundation as we build upon our success and engage new audiences in support of America's national parks."

Before joining the National Park Foundation, Nicklin was the Managing Director of Share Our Strength, an international non-profit organization focused on ending childhood hunger. After twelve years with Share Our Strength, Nicklin held the role of Executive Vice President and COO of the Partnership for Public Service.  Her previous professional experience also includes roles as Senior Vice President of The Points of Light Foundation, Engagement Manager and Associate at McKinsey and Company, Inc. and President and Co-Founder of The Virginia Company, a catalog and retail company.  Nicklin received an MBA from Darden School at the University of Virginia where she also attended as an undergraduate.

"I am excited to join the National Park Foundation and support America's great national park system," said Patricia Nicklin, Executive Vice President and COO of the National Park Foundation. "As we approach the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016, I look forward to engaging more Americans in supporting and enriching our national treasures."

For more information about the National Park Foundation and how to support America's national parks, please visit www.nationalparks.org.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION

The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America's nearly 400 national parks and their programs.  Chartered by Congress as the non-profit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America's treasured places. www.nationalparks.org

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Marjorie Hall, mhall@nationalparks.org, 202.354.6480

SOURCE National Park Foundation



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