GTNP taps new super
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – It will be David Vela who will head Grand Teton National Park. Intermountain Regional Director Sue Masica announced today that Vela will take over superintendent duties in Grand Teton beginning sometime in April.
“David has a great blend of senior management experience both within and outside of the Park Service, including an extensive and proven record of achievement in managing large and complex park operations,” Masica said. “He has also had great success in working with partners and local communities, and he is especially passionate about making our national parks more relevant to diverse populations.”
Vela has been steadily working his way up the ranks in the Park Service during his 33-year career that began with a stint as a ranger at the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park. The native Texan moves from his current post as associate director for Workforce, Relevancy and Inclusion in the National Park Service’s (NPS) Washington headquarters. He was promoted to that position late in 2010 after four years as director of the Southeast Region, where he oversaw 66 national park sites in nine states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
“I am humbled at the opportunity to serve as superintendent of Grand Teton and the Rockefeller Memorial Parkway,” Vela said in a prepared statement. “I look forward eagerly to working with the parks’ dedicated staff, the local community, and the many partners who care so deeply about these park treasures. It is truly a spectacular place and one that provides inspiration and enjoyment for current and future generations to come.”
Vela is a graduate of Texas A&M University, with a Bachelor of Science degree in recreation and parks. He and his wife, Melissa, have two children, Christina and Anthony, and four grandchildren.
Vela replaces Mary Gibson Scott who announced her retirement last October.