Natalie Gates has been selected as the new superintendent of Haleakala National Park. Dr. Gates has worked at Point Reyes National Seashore in California for the last 12 years; first as a wildlife biologist, and then as chief of natural resource management. She will transition to her new duties at Haleakala in March.
"Natalie has a strong track record in the protection of native species and ecosystems," said Pacific West Regional Director Chris Lehnertz. "She has proven she can solve complicated issues while respecting all the voices in the room. Natalie's deep respect for diverse cultures and communities and her team building skills will be an asset to Haleakala National Park."
Dr. Gates graduated from Harvard College with a degree in biology. She earned a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, and a master's degree in Wildland Resource Management from the University of California at Berkeley.
Natalie Gates has been selected as the new superintendent of Haleakalā National Park.
In accepting the position, Dr. Gates said, "It will be an absolute privilege to work with the staff of Haleakala National Park and local communities around it. Haleakala is home to a treasure of cultural resources, natural resources and wilderness, and I look forward to working hard to preserve them." She added, "I plan on being an avid student of Haleakala--its stories and its vital importance to Native Hawaiians."
In the coming weeks, Dr. Gates plans to move to Maui with her husband, their three sons and their Labrador retriever.