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 from Columbia Business school and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Economics from Brandeis University. Dieter is married to Sarah. They are parents to Roman and Miles who are junior rangers at more than 30 national parks.