David Vela is the former Deputy/Acting Director of the National Park Service. He was the first Latino nominated by the President of the United States to serve as agency Director. Prior to his arrival in Washington, DC, he was the former superintendent of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. He also served as the National Park Service's associate director for workforce, relevancy and inclusion; director of the National Park Service Southeast Region; and superintendent of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, and Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park.
He has held other positions at San Antonio Missions National Historical Park in Texas, Appomattox Court House National Historical Park in Virginia, and Independence National Historical Park in Pennsylvania. "Hola Ranger" reflects his profound belief in faith, family, and country as well as desire to inspire the next generation of diverse conservation stewards, advocates, and workforce.
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