President & 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 chief operating officer, Dieter Fenkart-Froeschl serves as advisor and deputy to the President and CEO by effectively communicating and implementing the vision and goals as outlined by the CEO and the Board. Fenkart-Froeschl plays an important role in the execution of the Foundation’s strategic business plan, all while working in collaboration with the National Park Service to ensure coordination and effective communication in support of mutual goals and programmatic objectives. Fenkart-Froeschl’s other key responsibilities include developing, strengthening, coordinating, and streamlining the Foundation’s operations, as to support the ongoing expansion of its reach and influence with respect to making a significant and lasting impact for our national parks.
Prior to joining the organization, Fenkart-Froeschl served as chief operating officer at the San Diego Museum of Art, a position he took on in October 2013. In this capacity, he oversaw all Marketing, Development, Finance, Operations, Earned Income, and Technology initiatives of the Museum. Fenkart-Froeschl previously worked at the American Museum of Natural History in New York where he first served as Director in the Operations division and then as Senior Director of Institutional Advancement where, among other things, he played an active role in planning and developing the Museum’s $1 billion campaign, assessing new revenue and cost-efficiency opportunities, and working on the world’s largest risk assessment for scientific collections. Prior to joining the American Museum of Natural History, Fenkart-Froeschl co-founded the Center for Park Management, a division within the National Parks Conservation Association. And prior to the National Parks Conservation Association, Fenkart-Froeschl worked in corporate finance for Bank Austria Creditanstalt in Greenwich, CT.
Fenkart-Froeschl received a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business school and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History and Economics from Brandeis University. His hobbies include hiking, camping, cooking and spending time with his family. Dieter is married to Sarah. They are parents to Roman and Miles who are junior rangers at more than 30 national parks.
Ruth Hernandez Prescott, J.D.
As chief of staff, Ruth Prescott advises the President/CEO, board, and executive team on strategies to enhance the operating efficiency of the National Park Foundation. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Office of the President working to advance the priorities of the President/CEO. In addition, Prescott coordinates the work of the leadership team to maximize departmental performance in support of organizational goals and objectives. She also supervises the preparation and planning for Board of Directors meetings and supports the President/CEO in managing interactions with the board chair and committee leadership. Prescott works with National Park Service (NPS) leadership to assure appropriate coordination of the Foundation’s efforts on behalf of NPS.
Prescott joined the National Park Foundation in May, 2014. Prior to joining the organization, she spent more than 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 provosts, as well as staffing two governing boards.
Prescott is a native of Dallas, Texas. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from Stephens College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Florida. Her hobbies include hiking in national parks, traveling, following her various football teams and reading. Ruth is married to Dr. Dennis Prescott. They are the parents of Samantha Prescott of Memphis, Tennessee.
Robert F. Mathias
As chief of external affairs, Robert Mathias leads government relations, marketing and communications. Mathias’s portfolio includes digital strategy, advertising and brand development for the Foundation.
As a long-time communications professional, he has worked with a variety of clients in Washington and across the nation, counseling Fortune 100 companies, federal agencies, national trade associations, and leading nonprofits.
Prior to founding his own consultancy, Channel Rock Strategic Advisory, Mathias was a senior executive with Ogilvy & Mather in a career that spanned more than 20 years. He ran Ogilvy’s Washington office for 15 years and, concurrently, served as U.S. CEO for Ogilvy’s PR business for three years. Previously, Mathias ran Ogilvy’s San Francisco office.
Earlier in his career, Mathias served in President George H. W. Bush's administration as the Executive Assistant to U.S. Energy Secretary James D. Watkins and, subsequently, as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the Department of Energy.
Mathias has been inducted into both the Public Relations Society of America’s Hall of Fame and the PR News Hall of Fame. He served on the Board of Trustees of Yellowstone Forever, a friends group for Yellowstone National Park, for a decade.
Mathias holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Vermont and a Master of Business Administration from the Yale School of Management. A native of Washington, D.C., he lives in the Cleveland Park neighborhood with his wife Sarah. They have two adult daughters, Clare, a graduate of Dartmouth College, and Catie, a student at Colgate University.
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 vice president 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.
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.