Sunday, September 21, 2014

Scott Tucker has been selected as the new superintendent of Lewis and Clark National Historical Park located around the mouth of the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon.  He replaces David Szymanski who was recently selected as superintendent of Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.

"Scott has proven experience working with tribes, leading programs to engage diverse youth in national parks and telling the Lewis and Clark story," said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz.  "I expect that Scott will not just maintain, but continue to build and grow the park's work with the wide array of partners within the community."

Tucker has over 15 years of federal government experience.  He is currently the manager of President's Park in Washington, DC where he has responsibility for the 54 acres of National Park Service property immediately outside the White House Complex.  In this position, he has navigated complex public and private partnerships and fostered relationships with multiple federal agencies.  For the last five years he has participated in the planning and implementation of nationally significant events such as the National Christmas Tree Lighting, the White House Easter Egg Roll, and Presidential Inaugurations. Tucker's duties have also included overseeing the White House Visitor Center, care and preservation for several monuments, memorials, statues, and gardens and the monitoring of First Amendment demonstrations that frequently occurred in Lafayette Park and on the White House sidewalk on Pennsylvania Avenue.

Prior to working for President's Park, Tucker spent five years at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian where he served as the first manager of visitor services for the Smithsonian Institution and received the museum's Employee of the Year Award in 2004.  In this position he created the visitor services program for the museum, planned for the grand opening of the museum in 2004, and contributed to ensuring the Native American voice was incorporated into all public interactions and services.

An avid fan of history and the great outdoors, Scott also has experience interpreting the story of Lewis and Clark's epic journey across America.  Specifically, Scott helped launch the Corps of Discovery II Project, serving as the deputy chief of interpretation in 2003 for the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail's traveling exhibit that followed the footsteps of the original Corps of Discovery during the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Celebration.  In this position, Scott kicked off the traveling exhibit in 2003 in Charlottesville, VA, and traveled the Eastern Legacy of the trail telling the story of Lewis and Clark.  While on the trail, he was responsible for community engagement, planning, education, and visitor services.

"I am thrilled to once again have the honor to tell the story of Lewis and Clark.  The interconnection of the park and the community is integral to the mission of the National Park Service," said Tucker.  "I look forward to working in partnership with the staff of the park, the native community, and the residents of Oregon and Washington to continue to preserve and interpret the legacy of Lewis and Clark.  My family and I are also excited to become a part of the Astoria community and to contribute to this great story."

Tucker, a Colorado native, has a bachelor's in Social Science from the University of Northern Colorado, with minors in History and Archaeology.  His wife and two children, ages 5 ½ and 18 months, love the outdoors, camping, hiking, and traveling.  The family looks forward to being closer to nature and leaving behind their hour-long commute.  Scott will begin his new assignment in late-June 2013.

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