Our Staff & Offices
Superintendent - Mark Spier
The superintendent of Palo Alto Battlefield National Historical Park is the top park official, responsible for managing and supervising all park operations and activities. In addition, the superintendent's office oversees the park's community relations and manages park partnerships with local, state, and federal groups and organizations.
Administrative Officer - Oralia Fernandez
Divisions within the park include administration, interpretation, facility management, resource management, and resource and visitor protection. A division chief heads each division.
The Administration Division acts as the "business office" for Palo Alto. Its principal functions include human resources, purchasing, property management, budget administration, contracting, housing matters, payroll, technology support (personal computers and telephone system), and mail.
Chief of Interpretation - Douglas Murphy
The Interpretation Division is responsible for information, education, and interpretive programs and services provided to park visitors. The division manages park publications, interpretive exhibits, and visitor center operations. The Interpretive Division provides a variety of visitor services including ranger-led tours, special events, living history programs, and curriculum-based education programs.
Chief of Operations - Douglas Murphy
The Facility Management Division maintains all roads, trails, buildings, utilities, grounds, vehicles, and other physical facilities in the park to assure their safe use. The division also manages construction and rehabilitation projects to support Palo Alto's operation.
Resource Manager - Rolando Garza
The Resource Management Division provides guidance to park management on all matters related to natural and cultural resources. The division conducts or oversees studies on physical, biological, and cultural resources. The division also maintains the park's museum collection.
Did You Know?
The battle of Palo Alto occurred before war had been declared between the United States and Mexico. The battle took place on May 8, 1846, the U.S. Congress declared war on May 13.