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Executive Director - Tricia King Mims

Tricia began her journey with National Park Partners in 2016, when she became Executive Director of the Friends of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. In 2017, she took over the reins of Friends of Moccasin Bend and steered both organizations through the consolidation process as they became the new National Park Partners. Tricia came to NPP from a background steeped in conservation and non-profit management, serving most recently as the Development Director for Lula Lake Land Trust, where she oversaw 3+ years of fundraising efforts. Before Lula Lake, Tricia was the Southeast Region Project Manager for the Land Trust for Tennessee, where she led the protection of nearly 10,000 acres of farms and forests, primarily through negotiating private conservation easements with landowners. Her career in Chattanooga began in the City of Chattanooga's Parks department, and she served as a Grants Manager for Hamilton County's Development office. Tricia taught for many years as an adjunct faculty at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga in both Environmental Science and Political Science. She holds a M.S. in International Affairs from Georgia Tech, and a B.S. in Applied Economics from the College of Agriculture at Cornell University. She enjoys cooking, exploring the outdoors, practicing yoga, and serving on the Board of Directors for area non-profits such as Crabtree Farms and Sister Cities.  National Park Partners are excited for Tricia to lead us as we embark on a new chapter of the organization.





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