National Park Foundation Names Michelle Lane as New Vice President for Government Relations

Monday, March 2, 2020NPF News
FORMER PROFESSIONAL STAFF TO THE U.S. SENATE ENERGY AND NATURAL RESOURCES COMMITTEE NOW LEADS GOVERNMENT RELATIONS AT OFFICIAL NONPROFIT PARTNER TO THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

WASHINGTON—Michelle Lane joined the National Park Foundation (NPF) as vice president of government relations, overseeing the organization’s strategy for executive and legislative branch engagement and communications.

“I am thrilled to be part of the National Park Foundation team,” Lane said. “I wanted to go somewhere where I could continue to make a difference and NPF’s mission and impact is the perfect fit.”

Lane brings with her more than a decade of experience in the public policy arena. Most recently, she served as Professional Staff to the United States Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, with a focus on parks, federal land payments, and sportsmen’s issues.

“Michelle’s deep knowledge of and commitment to our national parks and public lands will further advance the National Park Foundation’s mission to protect treasured places and connect all people to them,” said Will Shafroth, president and CEO of the National Park Foundation.

Lane was essential in the negotiating, drafting, and enactment of the John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act (P.L. 116-09), as well as the National Park Service Centennial Act (P.L. 114-289). 

“The National Park Foundation is excited to have Michelle’s expertise on board as it will round out our external affairs team and enable the Foundation to advance its mission across the board,” said Robert Mathias, chief of external affairs at the National Park Foundation. Lane will report to Mathias.

Before joining the Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Lane served as both a legislative assistant and then legislative director for Rep. Dan Benishek (MI-01, retired). She also has experience in the commercial real estate sector.

Lane graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor of science in human and organizational development.


ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK FOUNDATION
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help protect more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts and connect all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.