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WASHINGTON –National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis today named Jeff Reinbold as the bureau's assistant director for partnerships and civic engagement.
Reinbold will be responsible for partnerships, philanthropic stewardship, national trails, wild and scenic rivers, and hydropower assistance programs. He will also oversee the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program, which supports community-based natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country.
Since 2011, Reinbold has served as superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, which include Flight 93 National Memorial, Johnstown Flood National Memorial, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, Fort Necessity National Battlefield and Friendship Hill National Historic Site.
"The National Park Service was founded on the efforts of engaged citizens and in partnership with others who share our passion for preserving, protecting and sharing America's cultural and natural resources, and Jeff is the right person to carry on this essential part of the National Park Service's legacy," said Jarvis. "I'm looking forward to having Jeff on my leadership team and continuing our engagement with the dedicated civic groups and partners who support the National Park Service and the special places in our care."
While serving as superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, Reinbold developed the park's long-range management plan and oversaw the international design competition for the Flight 93 National Memorial, marking the first time the design of a national park of this size was determined through a competition. Flight 93 National Memorial was dedicated and opened for visitors on September 10, 2011.
"I've been incredibly fortunate over the past 12 years, to work with people from every background who came together in the shadows of the September 11 terrorist attacks, to build something beautiful. It is a living memorial and an expression of our best selves.," said Reinbold. "I look forward to extending that collaborative spirit into my work as assistant director."
Gordon Felt, president of Families of Flight 93 said, "The contributions by Jeff Reinbold to the creation of the Flight 93 National Memorial have been extraordinary. His leadership enabled an unprecedented partnership of private citizens and government officials to come together to create a fitting tribute to the heroes of Flight 93. The Families of Flight 93 will forever be grateful for his commitment to honoring our loved ones with the dignity and respect consistent with their heroic actions on September 11, 2001."
In more than 20 years with the National Park Service, Reinbold has led planning and partnership projects around the country: protecting historic sites and Civil War battlefields, developing new ways for national parks to work with their neighboring communities, and exploring ways to connect people to the national parks. Previously, he served as the National Park Service partnerships and government affairs liaison to the National Park Foundation for two and a half years. There, he was responsible for congressional affairs and the organization's relationship with park philanthropic partners. He started his National Park Service career as a seasonal ranger in 1990 at the Johnstown Flood National Memorial.
Reinbold holds a bachelor's degree in geography from the University of Pittsburgh and a master's degree in city and regional planning from the Ohio State University. He will start his new assignment in March. He is married to Jacqueline Reinbold and they have two sons.