Lyn Carranza, a 24-year veteran of the National Park Service, has been appointed superintendent of the Southern Four Corners Group, which consists of Canyon de Chelly and Navajo National Monuments and Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, all in Arizona.
Carranza is currently the superintendent of Hubbell Trading Post in Ganado, Arizona. She will assume her new duties effective March 24th and will be stationed at Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
“Lyn has established solid working relationships with the community of Ganado, the park’s partners and friend’s group and the park’s cooperating association during her tenure at Hubbell Trading Post," said Intermountain Regional Director John Wessels.“Her knowledge and ability to work directly with diverse audiences and park constituents will enhance the management of the unique natural and cultural resources at these three special places.”
Carranza began her NPS career in 1983 at Montezuma Castle National Monument in Arizona, followed by other seasonal assignments at Carlsbad Caverns National Park and White Sands National Monument, both in New Mexico and Guadalupe Mountains National Park in Texas.
In 1990, Carranza became a permanent park employee at Carlsbad Caverns National Park as a park interpreter. In 2000, she was appointed as the chief of interpretation at Fort Union National Monument in northern New Mexico. Carranza also served as the north district supervisor at Redwood National Park in California from 2001 to 2003, and the chief of interpretation at Petrified Forest National Park in Arizona from 2003 to 2011. She has also served as the interim superintendent at Navajo National Monument and as interim chief of interpretation, education and technology at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Curecanti National Recreation Area in Colorado.
In her role as superintendent at Hubbell Trading Post, Carranza successfully established agreements with the park's cooperating association and friend's group. She also partnered with the community of Ganado to develop recreational opportunities for local park neighbors within and outside park boundaries.
"Canyon de Chelly, Hubbell Trading Post and Navajo National Monument are three gems within the National Park Service,” said Carranza. "I am deeply honored and privileged to have the opportunity to work with the dedicated staff of these unique sites, the communities surrounding the parks within the Navajo Nation, and park partners. I look forward to the new challenges in my expanded role as the Southern Four Corners Group superintendent.”
Carranza grew up in Southern Arizona and earned a bachelor of science degree in biology from New Mexico State University in 1994. She enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including hiking and sharing a multitude of recreational activities with her three grown children.