|Rosie Superintendent Martha Lee Promoted to Deputy Regional Director, Public Use Management
August 13, 2010
Martha Lee, who currently serves as General Superintendent for not only Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park but also Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, John Muir National Historic Site and Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site, will be moving to the National park Service Regional Office in Oakland. During her tenure in Richmond, the long awaited General Management Plan was adopted by both the City of Richmond and Congress. Negotiations are proceeding for construction of the Visitor Center in the Ford assembly Building Oil House, and a 2011 opening in optimistically projected. Staffing and programs have continue to grow. Tom Leatherman will be acting superintendent until a permanent replacement
August 6, 2010
For Immediate Release
Martha J. Lee Named Deputy Regional Director
Oakland, CA – Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz has named Martha J. Lee, a 27-year veteran of the National Park Service, to serve as the Deputy Regional Director, Public Use Management. Lee brings extensive experience in partnerships, education and interpretation as well as skills in managing park operations to the position where she will oversee Law Enforcement, Fire, Partnerships, Safety, Education and Interpretation for the 58 parks in the region. Lee is currently General Superintendent for Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, John Muir National Historic Site and Eugene O’Neill National Historic Site.
“Martha brings passion and energy to help forge new partnerships and effective outreach to our communities” Lehnertz said. “She has been a leader in reaching out and working with diverse communities. Her background in these areas plus park operations will be helpful in providing leadership to parks across the region.”
“It’s an honor to be invited to work with the talented professionals throughout the region who are leading advocates for our parks, our visitors, our volunteers and our employees” Lee said. “I have loved working with our wonderful partners, communities, and staff in the Bay Area. I am looking forward to the opportunity to work with parks across the region to support existing operations and help build new collaborations.”
In August 2005, Lee took over the management of four national park units in the east San Francisco Bay Area. In July she oversaw the official dedication of the newest site in the National Park System, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial, in Concord, California.
Lee began her National Park Service career in 1983 in Yosemite National Park, where she lived until 2005. Early in her career she held positions as an Interpretive Ranger and in Museum Management. She was on the core planning teams for the development of complex resource and visitor management plans, including the Yosemite Valley Plan and Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management Plans. Between 2003 to 2005, she was the primary liaison between the NPS and San Francisco as the Hetch Hetchy Program Manager and also served as Acting Superintendent at Pinnacles National Monument.
Lee completed the USDA Graduate School’s Executive Leadership Program in 2003 and was recently selected as one of 36 resource professionals nationwide to participate as a 2010-11 Fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. A graduate of Stanford University, she has two grown children, both of whom live in the Sierra Nevada of California. In her off-work time, she is a US Masters swimmer and enjoys anything to do with water. She also enjoys walking with her dog, riding her bike, being outside anywhere, live music and drama, and laughing with friends. Lee will assume her duties in the Pacific West Regional Office on September 20.
The Pacific West Region comprises 58 parks located in Nevada, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Hawaii, portions of Arizona and Montana and the territories of Guam, American Samoa and Saipan, extending 106 degrees around the globe. The region includes 12.5 million acres of national park land, including 8.5 million acres of wilderness, 159 federally listed threatened and endangered species, 4,418 miles of designated wild and scenic rivers, nearly 100 national natural landmarks, more than 235 national historic landmarks, and more than 7,500 properties listed in the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.