Washington, D.C. -- The National Park Foundation (NPF), the official charity of America’s national parks, announced the appointment of Bruce Deifik, Henry Munoz, Ernesto Vasquez and Mary Jo Veverka to its Board of Directors. The four new appointees, named by Secretary of the Interior and National Park Foundation Board Chair, Ken Salazar, join the existing NPF Board, providing additional expertise to the Foundation as it executes its mission to raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s nearly 400 national parks and their programs.
“Each of the new appointees brings a valuable perspective to the important work of the National Park Foundation,” said Neil Mulholland, president and CEO of National Park Foundation. “Combined with their shared commitment to our country’s national parks, we welcome the exceptional personal and professional expertise they will provide our organization and the National Park Service”
A 17-year veteran of the commercial real estate industry, Colorado-based Bruce Deifik is founder and President of Integrated Properties, Inc. Prior to founding Integrated Properties in 1989, Inc., Mr. Deifik was the President and CEO of The Greenspun Corporation, a privately-owned company that manages and oversees the financial interests of the Greenspun Family of Companies. Mr. Deifik also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of American Nevada Company, the real estate development arm of the Greenspun Family of Companies. In addition to his NPF appointment, Mr. Deifik has been involved in numerous other charitable and philanthropic endeavors.
Henry R. Muñoz III, is a successful entrepreneur, an award-winning designer, a cultural activist, and a philanthropist. He is Chairman and CEO of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Kell Muñoz Architects, Inc. Additionally, Mr. Muñoz is a founder of the effort to create a National Latino Museum on the mall in Washington D.C. He has extensive experience in museum planning, development, and management of similar museums.
Ernesto Vasquez, a veteran architect, is a Founding Partner of the design and planning firm, McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners (MVE). Mr. Vasquez has been a member of the Urban Land Institute, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, American Institute of Architects, National Association of Home Builders, Building Industry Association and Home Builders Council for over 20 years. As a community advocate, Mr. Vasquez has been actively involved in supporting various nonprofit and educational organizations.
Mary Jo Veverka
In 2003, Mary Jo Veverka retired from a highly successful career with over 20 years of management consulting experience, initially as a partner with Booz, Allen & Hamilton, and later as a partner with Accenture. Ms. Veverka currently focuses her time on numerous philanthropic activities, including running a family foundation that she founded, serving on several boards of non-profit organizations and providing pro-bono management consulting services to the non-profit sector.
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