As chief program officer, LaTresse Snead oversees programmatic strategies for protecting parks and their resources, connecting people to the natural and cultural heritage they preserve, and strengthening the extensive national network of nonprofit partners that support the more than 400 national parks across the country. Snead brings with her two decades of experience working for mission-driven organizations, excelling in all areas of programmatic leadership, strategy, fundraising, and communications while building relationships with diverse stakeholders.
Prior to joining the National Park Foundation, Snead served as global Director of The Nature Conservancy’s (TNC) Build Healthy Cities program where she supported the development of nature-based solutions for the most pressing challenges facing cities around the world. From greening megacities to creatively engaging the world’s billions of city dwellers with nature, Snead actively promoted strategies that foster an equitable future where all people have access to nature and its benefits. Prior to this role, Snead directed TNC’s global Volunteer and Community Outreach program, where she launched Connect With Nature, a nationwide initiative that has linked thousands of people with natural areas and meaningful volunteer opportunities.
Snead earned her master’s degree in Public Administration from Georgia State University and her bachelor’s degree in African American Studies from San Francisco State University. In her spare time, Snead enjoys engaging with the outdoors through cycling, hiking, and cultivating her newfound passion for birding. When she is not traveling, she lives in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area with her husband, son, and new puppy Pancake.