National Park Service Director

NPS Acting Director Mike Reynolds in front of US flag
National Park Service Acting Director Mike Reynolds

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Michael T. Reynolds
Acting Director, National Park Service

Michael T. Reynolds (Mike) is the acting director of the National Park Service. He is responsible for overseeing an agency with more than 22,000 employees, a $3 billion budget, and more than 400 national parks that attract more than 280 million visitors every year who generate $30 billion in economic benefit across the nation.

Since August 1 2016, Reynolds has served as the deputy director of Operations for the National Park Service (NPS). In this capacity, he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the seven regions and the 413 parks nation-wide for the National Park Service, as well as program areas in Washington, DC. These programs serve communities and NPS stakeholders in many facets including natural, cultural, and recreation resources; facilities, planning, and lands; visitor and resource protection, fire, safety, and interpretation and education programs and partnerships; and community-based programs such as rivers and trails and National Historic Landmarks. He has 30 years of service in the Department of the Interior.

In April 2014, Reynolds was assigned to the National Park Service Headquarters in Washington, DC, as the associate director for Workforce, Relevancy, and Inclusion, overseeing the NPS’ human capital, training, relevancy, youth, and recruitment programs nationwide. His leadership focus was on changing systems and processes for Workforce and Inclusion to have an employee-focused program ready to support the NPS and its people.

Reynolds was appointed regional director of the Midwest Region in 2011. During his time as regional director, Reynolds focused on leadership efforts to move the NPS toward a new century of service as the anniversary of the national parks and National Park System arrived in 2016 and to position programs and parks in the Midwest to be ready for new challenges ahead.

Prior to his appointment as the Midwest regional director, Reynolds served as deputy regional director of the Northeast Region in Philadelphia for four years. Earlier in his career, when he was superintendent of Fire Island National Seashore, Reynolds created innovative ways to work with the local community and park partners. His NPS career also includes stints as a resource manager, planner, and division chief at Yosemite National Park, Mojave National Preserve, Cape Cod National Seashore, Curecanti National Recreation Area, and the NPS Denver Service Center.

The third generation of his family to work for the NPS, Reynolds grew up in Yosemite National Park. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an MBA from Regis University in Denver. He was a senior executive Fellow at Harvard University in the spring of 2011.

Last updated: January 3, 2017