Dr. Tracey Ritchie joined the NPF team as the VP of Education and Engagement in August of 2021. Tracey oversees all aspects of program management and grantmaking for the Connecting Audiences team and serves as a key liaison to the National Park Service Office of Interpretation, Education, & Volunteers and the Office of Workforce & Inclusion. Additionally, Tracey works closely with the Chief Program Officer and Development Team members to raise funds from institutional funders, individual donors, and corporate partners to support the programmatic needs and growth of the Connecting Audiences portfolio.
Most recently, Tracey was the global Director of Education for EARTHDAY.ORG, an international environmental nonprofit organization working on expanding climate and environmental literacy worldwide. Before joining the Earth Day team, she was adjunct faculty at the University of Florida and has held positions managing and facilitating environmental education programs from Florida to North Carolina that focused on wildlife conservation, civic engagement and capacity building for educators of all kinds. During her career, she has included justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion as a part of all the programs and resources she has developed.
Tracey holds a Ph.D. from the University of Florida where her research focused on developing systems-thinking skills in students and teachers to more effectively communicate complex environmental issues such as climate change. Tracey has an extensive background in program development and evaluation, facilitating professional development for educators, social science research methodologies, and Environmental Education best practices. She holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Education from Florida Atlantic University and a Bachelor’s degree from University of Florida in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. Tracey has been highly involved in Environmental Education for over 16 years and has been an active member of the Florida, North Carolina, and DC affiliates of the North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE). Additionally, Tracey is a hiking and camping enthusiast and when not in the office can be found taking photos of her dog, Dakota, around the monuments and natural areas of DC.