Will Shafroth

President & Chief Executive Officer at National Park Foundation

Will Shafroth

Will Shafroth

President & Chief Executive Officer at National Park Foundation

Biography

As president and chief executive officer, Will Shafroth oversees the National Park Foundation’s work, including its operations, philanthropic support through individual and foundation giving, and corporate partnerships. Will leads the organization’s efforts toward the success of its mission to enrich America’s national parks and programs by providing a measure of excellence made possible through private support.

The entirety of Shafroth’s career stems from a deeply personal commitment to preserving America’s public and private lands. He has more than three decades of experience working to advance conservation and outdoor recreation.

In September 2013, Shafroth launched Red Sheep Consulting to support strategic philanthropy, aiding nonprofit leaders in achieving their goals, and assisting conservation groups in navigating the complexities of Washington, D.C. Clients included the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, America’s Conservation PAC, the Gates Family Foundation, and the Chesapeake Conservancy, among many others.

Prior to establishing Red Sheep Consulting, Shafroth served as counselor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar. In that role, he was responsible for developing and executing a 21st-century conservation and recreation agenda for America’s land, water, and wildlife. His leadership on President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative focused significantly on reconnecting people to the outdoors.

Shafroth also served as principal deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. In that role, Shafroth worked closely with the National Park Service on a broad range of budget, policy, and program initiatives, represented Secretary Salazar on the board of the National Park Foundation, and served as acting commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor.

Prior to his work at Interior, Shafroth served as executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado Conservation Trust and as chairman of the Land Trust Alliance and Resources Legacy Fund.

Shafroth received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1980.

A fourth generation Coloradan, Shafroth enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, and canoeing, and plays competitive tennis and platform tennis. He is married and has three children.

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National Park Foundation

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101

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2

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Director-Climate Reality Project at National Park Foundation

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at National Park Foundation

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Co-Founder at Diamond Bear Partners LLC

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Former Executive Director (Jan-July) at Resources Legacy Fund

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Director at Resources Legacy Fund

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Member, International Board at WildAid

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Pacific Energy Fuels Co.

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Senior Fellow, Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford University - Stanford Law School

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Chief Financial Officer at National Park Foundation

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Chief Operating Officer & Executive Vice President at National Park Foundation

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President & Chief Executive Officer at National Park Foundation
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President & Chief Executive Officer
2015 - Current

The National Park Foundation, in partnership with the National Park Service, enriches America’s national parks and programs through private support, safeguarding our heritage and inspiring generations of national park enthusiasts. Our Story Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation is founded on a legacy that began more than a century ago, when private citizens from all walks of life took action to establish and protect our national parks. Today, the National Park Foundation carries on that tradition as the only national charitable nonprofit whose sole mission is to directly support the National Park Service. Read our Congressional Charter » Our Values The National Park Foundation is founded on core values that reflect our commitment and connection to our national parks. Philanthropy: We believe private citizens, organizations and resources are critical to sustaining and enhancing America’s over 400 national parks and their programs. Stewardship: We believe the national parks are treasured resources that all Americans have a responsibility --and opportunity -- to appreciate, protect and support. Outreach: We believe that by engaging people across all ages, races and backgrounds, we will create and empower new generations of park supporters. Partnership: We believe in quality relationships and partnerships that provide -- and multiply -- direct positive benefits to the national parks. Commitment to the National Park Service: We believe in our partnership with the National Park Service, working together in support of a shared vision for our national parks. Vitality: We believe in innovative and sound investments and actions that build an efficient, effective and vibrant organization in support of our national parks. Accountability: We believe in carefully measuring and clearly communicating the use of private support to benefit our national parks

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Director
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RESOURCES LEGACY FUND WORKS WITH PHILANTHROPISTS TO CONSERVE LAND, WATER, AND OCEAN RESOURCES WHILE ADVANCING HEALTHY COMMUNITIES AND SOCIAL EQUITY.

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$100 - $999
2009

COLORADO CONSERVATION TRUST CONSERVES EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES BY INVESTING IN PEOPLE, POLICY, ORGANIZATIONS, AND RELATED LAND AND WATER PROTECTION.

$250 +
2004

COLORADO CONSERVATION TRUST CONSERVES EXTRAORDINARY LANDSCAPES BY INVESTING IN PEOPLE, POLICY, ORGANIZATIONS, AND RELATED LAND AND WATER PROTECTION.

$250 - $499
2002

The Land Trust Alliance is a national conservation organization that works in three ways to save the places people love. First, it increases the pace of conservation, so more land and natural resources get protected. Second, it enhances the quality of conservation, so the most important lands get protected using the best practices in the business. And third, it ensures the permanence of conservation by creating the laws and resources needed to defend protected land over time. The Alliance is based in Washington, D.C., and has several regional offices.

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Will Shafroth is affiliated with National Park Foundation, Resources Legacy Fund

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