NPS acting director names new chief spokesperson

WASHINGTON — Today, acting National Park Service (NPS) Director P. Daniel Smith announced the selection of Jeremy Barnum to serve as the NPS chief spokesperson and chief of public affairs.

Barnum will be responsible for the development, implementation and management of national communications strategies for the National Park Service while providing guidance to public affairs officers at the National Park Service’s 417 parks and community assistance programs nationwide.

“Jeremy’s diplomatic and strategic approach to communications and his keen eye for storytelling will enhance the National Park Service’s efforts to engage all Americans with their national parks,” said acting Director Smith.

“Like so many Americans, I have found inspiration in national parks, whether it’s enjoying the views from Angels Landing in Zion or reading the words of Lincoln on the walls of his memorial on the National Mall,” said Barnum. “I look forward to helping to share the grandeur of these national treasures and what the women and men of the National Park Service are doing to protect and preserve them.”

Barnum has served as a public affairs specialist for the National Park Service in Washington, D.C. since 2015. Prior to joining the NPS, Barnum was a Foreign Service officer at the U.S. Department of State with a public affairs focus and served at U.S. Embassies in New Delhi, India; Quito, Ecuador; and Helsinki, Finland. A Utah native, Barnum is a graduate of Weber State University in Ogden, Utah.

SOURCE: National Park Service press release

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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