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2015 Butler Lecture Keynote Speaker

Peggy O'Dell, 2015 Butler Lecture Keynote Speaker

Peggy O’Dell

National Park Service

Deputy Director of Operations


NRPA Annual Congress

Las Vegas, NV

September 15, 2015

(time & date to be provided in Congress Program)


Peggy O’Dell was appointed NPS Deputy Director of Operations in January 2011. In this position, she oversees every aspect of operations in the 407 National Parks and offices in the country, including, but not limited to its 20,000 employees, the preservation and protection of 84 million acres, and the recreation, education and hospitality for 283 visitors to National Parks every year. In her 30 year career with the NPS, Deputy Director O’Dell has served as an interpreter, regional director, and superintendent of some of the most widely visited and recognized parks and monuments in the nation.

She has been part of the NPS team through the implementation of the Healthy Parks, Healthy People US initiative, introduced in 2011. The purpose of the program is to encourage a focus on parks as venues for physical, mental, and emotional health of individuals and communities. Although the program is based within the NPS, the principles and initiative that frame it are applicable to state and local parks, businesses, healthcare organizations & practitioners, and any other group or organization interested in highlighting the important role parks can play in societal health.