President and CEO
As president and chief executive officer, Will Shafroth oversees the National Park Foundation’s work, including its operations, philanthropic support through individual and foundation giving, corporate partnerships, and its fundraising for the Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks. Shafroth leads the organization’s efforts toward the success of its mission to enrich America’s national parks and programs by providing a measure of excellence made possible through private support.
The entirety of Shafroth’s career stems from a deeply personal commitment to preserving America’s public and private lands. He has more than three decades of experience working to advance conservation and outdoor recreation.
In September 2013, Shafroth launched Red Sheep Consulting to support strategic philanthropy, aiding nonprofit leaders in achieving their goals, and assisting conservation groups in navigating the complexities of Washington, D.C. Clients included the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, America’s Conservation PAC, the Gates Family Foundation, and the Chesapeake Conservancy, among many others.
Prior to establishing Red Sheep Consulting, Shafroth served as counselor to the secretary of the Department of the Interior, Ken Salazar. In that role, he was responsible for developing and executing a 21st-century conservation and recreation agenda for America’s land, water, and wildlife. His leadership on President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative focused significantly on reconnecting people to the outdoors.
Shafroth also served as principal deputy assistant secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. In that role, Shafroth worked closely with the National Park Service on a broad range of budget, policy, and program initiatives, represented Secretary Salazar on the board of the National Park Foundation, and served as acting commissioner of the National Parks of New York Harbor.
Prior to his work at Interior, Shafroth served as executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund and the Colorado Conservation Trust and as chairman of the Land Trust Alliance and Resources Legacy Fund.
Shafroth received a Master of Public Administration degree from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1991 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and environmental studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 1980.
A fourth generation Coloradan, Shafroth enjoys biking, hiking, fishing, and canoeing, and plays competitive tennis and platform tennis. He is married and has three children.
As executive vice president, Lise Aangeenbrug serves as the National Park Foundation’s second-in-command. She plays a primary role in managing the organization and executing key functions related to fundraising efforts, including the Centennial Campaign for America's National Parks, programs, partnerships, marketing and communications, and government relations.
Before joining the National Park Foundation, Aangeenbrug served as the executive director of the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO). In that capacity, she was responsible for the overall management and operation of the State of Colorado’s constitutionally chartered fund that benefits the state’s rivers, trails, parks, and open spaces. Her experience includes working with a 17-member governor-appointed board, grant-making, managing a 20-member staff, fundraising, and governmental affairs.
Prior to GOCO, Aangeenbrug held a series of increasingly responsible positions in public and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a presidential management fellow at the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary.
Aangeenbrug currently serves on the board of directors of the Land Trust Alliance and Global Dental Relief, as well as leading annual service trips to Kenya for Global Dental Relief. She received a Master of Environmental Management degree from Yale University in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University in 1985.
Ruth Prescott, J.D.
As senior advisor to the president, Ruth Prescott counsels the president, board, and executive team on strategies to enhance the operating efficiency of the National Park Foundation. Prior to joining the organization, Prescott spent 25 years in higher education where she served in a variety of leadership positions at Texas A&M University, Baylor University, Mississippi State University, and New Mexico State University, including chief of staff roles for presidents and provost, as well as staffing two governing boards.
Within the university context, Prescott addressed many issues associated with the administration of large, complex institutions of higher education, including legislative and governing board matters, sensitive personnel issues, athletic department activities (including conference-related matters), faculty misconduct investigations, development of academic policies and procedures, pre-litigation activities and academic space planning. She was also responsible for managing academic service units such as information technology, registrar, academic outreach/continuing education, and the offices of the president and provost.
As a consultant to universities and governing boards on executive searches, Prescott has been called upon to chair numerous executive and leadership searches, including presidential, vice presidential, and chief development officer searches. Through this work, she has developed significant insight into the nature of the relationship between senior leadership and governing boards. That expertise has led to frequent recruitment of staff and management of strategic projects on behalf of the leadership and board.
Prescott holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stephens College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida.
As chief financial officer, Mandeep Singh leads financial, human resources, administrative, and information technology operations. He has over twenty years of financial leadership experience in organizations of various sizes for both profit and nonprofit entities. Prior to joining the National Park Foundation, Singh held several senior positions at National Geographic and in the telecommunications industry.
While at National Geographic, Singh developed and led a corporate finance department of a $600M multi-national for-profit venture with 15 + business units in all facets of reporting, operations, audit, controls, systems, tax and planning. His achievements include building highly collaborative operations across international entities, developing strong reporting, analysis and planning processes, strengthening controls, improving efficiency through technological enhancement, consistent risk management, and fostering strong and sustainable financial performance.
Singh graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting and received his CPA certification at the University of Illinois.
As director of government relations, Jason Rano led the successful efforts to pass the National Park Service Centennial Act in 2016 and the National Park Service 100th Anniversary Commemorative Coin Act in 2014. He also developed and implemented a successful plan to engage members of Congress with the National Park Service Centennial and the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque public engagement campaign.
Prior to joining the National Park Foundation, Rano spent six years in the government affairs department at the Environmental Working Group (EWG), having served as the director the last three years. During his tenure at EWG, Rano helped lead a team that worked to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act, the Farm Bill, the Renewable Fuel Standard, and improving our food systems and environmental health.
Rano has also served on Capitol Hill for the late Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and in city government for then Baltimore Mayor Martin O’Malley. Rano graduated with a bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from American University and a master's degree in public policy from Johns Hopkins University.
As senior vice president of marketing and communications, Angela Hearn is responsible for overseeing the strategic brand development of the organization, positioning the National Park Foundation as a leader in protecting and enriching America’s national parks and programs. Hearn also directs the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque campaign, which is credited with driving a record-setting 330 million visits to national parks in 2016.
Prior to being named the senior vice president in January 2017, Hearn served as the vice president of marketing at the National Park Foundation, playing an instrumental role in growing the organization’s community into the millions through strategic marketing partnerships, multi-channel advertising, content marketing, influencer programs, events, and more. She has also managed six-and-seven figure corporate partnerships with many leading brands, including Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Disney, Google, Macy’s, and Unilever.
Hearn has served as executive producer of the National Christmas Tree Lighting, a nationally televised event featuring the President of the United States and internationally recognized performers, since 2008.
Hearn has over 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Prior to joining the National Park Foundation, she managed marketing and communications programs for an international development organization and a national trade association. Hearn is a graduate of Kalamazoo College with a degree in English. She is also an alumna of the American Express Leadership Academy.
As senior vice president of grants and programs, Susan Newton oversees the overall strategic and operational responsibilities for all program areas, leading to the National Park Foundation achieving its strategic impact. Newton also led the 2010 strategic planning initiative and oversaw several system implementations. She currently manages the organization’s grants and programs budget of $13 million.
Prior to joining the National Park Foundation, Newton worked for 10 years in telecommunications, during which time she oversaw $1.2 billion in operational savings from the merger of Sprint and Nextel. Additional previous experience includes five years as an environmental policy consultant, as well as employment with the National League of Cities, the Government Finance Officers Association, and the Environmental Protection Agency. Newton has more than 22 years experience delivering effective program services in both non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is a collaborative leader with a track record of driving improvement initiatives.
Newton holds a Bachelor of Arts in public administration from Miami of Ohio and a Master of Arts in public policy from the University of Chicago. She resides in Arlington, Virginia, with her husband and two children.
Chrystal Morris Murphy
As senior vice president of community partnerships, Chrystal Morris Murphy leads the National Park Foundation’s strategy for building and engaging our national network of nonprofit partners and for increasing the capacity and effectiveness of the partner community, both individually and collectively. She also serves as the key liaison to national park friends groups, cooperating associations, and other nonprofit park partners that support parks across the system – including work related to historic preservation, land conservation, environmental education, youth engagement, outdoor recreation, urban and diverse community engagement, and other relevant fields.
Before joining the organization, Morris Murphy was vice president and senior director of community engagement with America’s Promise Alliance (APA), and has successfully created national partnerships, campaigns, and networks that galvanized communities to action. Morris Murphy spent almost 10 years with APA, a national, nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of youth. While there, she directed and provided strategic and administrative oversight for 100+ communities and 400+ partners in the Alliance network. As APA’s senior director of state and community summits, she co-directed the National Dropout Prevention Campaign, a two-year, $7 million initiative that provided grants and technical assistance to local communities to host conversations about keeping students in school.
Morris Murphy is a graduate from the American University with a Bachelor of Arts in public communications and Spanish. She also has received executive leadership certificates from Northwestern University’s - Kellogg School of Management, Stanford University, and the American Express Leadership Academy.