Neil Mulholland has served as the President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, since 2009. In this role, he oversees the organization’s mission to raise private funds that directly support and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs. Under Mulholland’s vision and leadership, the Foundation has embarked on a new era of growth and stewardship, embracing opportunities in education, conservation, and collaborative community building – all to support and preserve our national parks in perpetuity.
During Mulholland’s tenure, the Foundation has engaged more than 200,000 young people, in addition to teachers in every state across the nation, by increasing accessibility to national parks and further establishing these treasured places as living classrooms that foster active learning, inspiration and discovery.
Mulholland continues to be instrumental in protecting our nation’s sacred places and preserving history, including the construction of the Flight 93 National Memorial, establishing the César E. Chávez National Monument and the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument and launching the National Park Disaster Recovery Fund. Mulholland is dedicated to engaging America’s diverse and underserved communities with the national parks and played a signifcant role in the creation of the American Latino Heritage Fund, in addition to providing continued support to the African American Experience Fund.
Committed to cultivating and strengthening a broad base of support for America’s national parks, Mulholland’s leadership in the national park community has helped further develop partnerships with the National Parks Conservation Association and the National Park Hospitality Association which led to the historic “America’s Summit on National Parks: Taking Action for a New Century” in January 2012. Mulholland is committed to growing philanthropy at the local level and supporting Friends Groups and philanthropic park partners through the Foundation’s Park Partners Project, which provides strategic consulting and training on best practices for planning, fundraising and marketing to build more effective and stronger local support groups.
Mulholland brings over 30 years of professional leadership experience from the private sector. A former Coloradoan and native of Fort Dodge, Iowa, Mulholland has a Bachelors degree in Business Administration and Construction Engineering from Iowa State University.