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National Park Foundation Names Lise Aangeenbrug to Role Of Executive Vice President

WASHINGTON – This week, Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, welcomed Lise Aangeenbrug to her new role as the Foundation’s executive vice president. In this role, Aangeenbrug will serve as second in command of the Foundation and play a primary role in managing the organization and executing key functions related to fundraising efforts including the $350 million Centennial Campaign for America's National Parks, programs, partnerships, marketing and communications, and government relations.

“Lise’s passion around conservation, getting kids involved in outdoor activities, and connecting all people to open spaces aligns perfectly with the National Park Foundation’s mission,” said Will Shafroth. “Lise’s extensive expertise will greatly contribute to our efforts to ensure that we build the strongest second century possible for America’s national parks.”

"I am excited to work with the accomplished National Park Foundation team, the dedicated employees of the National Park Service, and the network of partners that make up this unique community," said Lise Aangeenbrug, executive vice president of the National Park Foundation. "Working together we can tap into new resources and cultivate ideas to ensure our parks are protected and supported today and for future generations."

Aangeenbrug comes to the Foundation from the Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund (GOCO), where she served as the executive director. In that capacity, she was responsible for the overall management and operation of the State of Colorado’s constitutionally chartered fund that benefits the state’s river, trail, parks, and open spaces. Her experience includes working with a 17-member Governor-appointed board, grant-making, managing a 20 member staff, fundraising, and governmental affairs. Prior to GOCO, Aangeenbrug held a series of increasingly responsible positions in public and nonprofit organizations, including serving as a presidential management fellow at the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary.

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, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at