National Park Foundation Names Kirsten Peterson Johansen To Role Of Senior Vice President Of Individual Giving

Thursday, April 18, 2013NPF News

(Washington, D.C.) April 18, 2013 - Today, Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, welcomed Kirsten Peterson Johansen to her new role as the Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Individual Giving.  In this role, Johansen will provide strategic oversight of the Foundation’s Individual Giving Program, working closely with the Executive Office and the Board of Directors to deepen existing and cultivate new philanthropy from individuals nationwide in support of the National Park Foundation’s mission.  Kirsten will be based out of the National Park Foundation’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.


“With 17 years of fundraising experience in public, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, Kirsten brings a wide breadth and depth of knowledge to the Foundation’s development team,” said Neil Mulholland.  “As the national parks were created through the foresight and support of private citizens, we welcome Kirsten’s extensive expertise in the area of individual giving as we engage current and future stewards committed to enriching and protecting America’s national parks.”

Johansen comes to the National Park Foundation from the Smithsonian Institution, where she served as the Director of Leadership Gifts. Prior to her tenure with the Smithsonian, Johansen held fundraising positions at the National Trust for Historic Preservation and at CARE, the international relief agency.  Johansen earned her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Art from Pepperdine University. She received her Certificate of Completion in Nonprofit Executive Management from Georgetown University’s School of Public Policy.

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The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, raises private funds that directly aid, support and enrich America’s more than 400 national parks and their programs.  Chartered by Congress as the nonprofit partner of the National Park Service, the National Park Foundation plays a critical role in conservation and preservation efforts, establishing national parks as powerful learning environments, and giving all audiences an equal and abundant opportunity to experience, enjoy and support America’s treasured places.