PACIFIC WEST REGION
Tom Leatherman Named Superintendent Of Four Bay Area Parks
Thomas “Tom” Leatherman has been appointed superintendent for Port Chicago Naval Magazine NM, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front NHP, John Muir NHS, and Eugene O’Neill NHS. He has served as deputy superintendent for these four Bay Area parks for the past two years.
Leatherman replaces Martha Lee, who transferred to the post of deputy regional director for Pacific West Region.
“Tom brings an incredible mix of dedication, enthusiasm and a 'can-do' attitude to this position,” said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz in making the appointment. “He is a strong leader committed to working inclusively, a capable multi-tasker, and he is familiar with the critical issues facing the four parks.”
Prior to his assignments in the Bay Area, he served as superintendent of Manzanar NHS for three years. While there, he developed strong partnerships locally, regionally and nationally to tell the story of the Japanese American experience during WWII.
“I am excited about building on the legacy of the past superintendent and developing even stronger partnerships in the communities surrounding the parks,” Leatherman said.
Leatherman began his National Park Service career in 1989 as an intern at Pinnacles NM. He has worked in many national parks, including Great Basin NP, Sequoia and Kings Canyon NP, Golden Gate NRA, and Pinnacles NM. He also worked for the Bureau of Land Management at its Grand Staircase Escalante NM in Utah as a botanist.
Leatherman grew up in the Bay Area and has a BA from the University of California Santa Cruz. He lives in San Ramon with his wife and two children, Marissa and Max. While not at work, he enjoys hiking, cooking and spending time with his family. Leatherman officially begins his new assignment in January.
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial is the 392nd unit of the National Park Service. Located in Concord, California, the memorial recognizes the critical role played by Port Chicago during World War II, in serving as the main facility for the Pacific Theater of Operations. Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, located in the wartime boomtown of Richmond, California, preserves and interprets the stories and places of our nation's home front response to World War II. The John Muir National Historic Site, located in Martinez, California, preserves the 14-room Italianate Victorian mansion where the naturalist and writer John Muir lived, as well as a nearby 325 acre tract of native oak woodlands and grasslands historically owned by the Muir family. The Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site, located in Danville, California, preserves Tao House, the Monterey Colonial hillside home of America's only Nobel Prize-winning playwright, Eugene O'Neill.
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