Heather White Named President and CEO of Merged Yellowstone Organization

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The board of directors of the Yellowstone Association (YA) and the Yellowstone Park Foundation (YPF) announced that Heather White has been selected as president and CEO of the combined organization. In October 2015, the two organizations announced their intention to merge. They have been operating jointly since March 2016 and expect the merger to close by October of this year.

White is a nationally-recognized environmental leader and a proven nonprofit executive. She was the executive director of Environmental Working Group (EWG), managing significant growth and change for the organization, increasing its impact while also directing fundraising strategies. Prior to EWG, White was the director of education advocacy for National Wildlife Federation and before that she served as counsel to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold.

White will be based in Bozeman and begin on August 15. She will oversee the integration of the two organizations, including more than 70 year-round employees and 85 seasonal employees in two offices and 12 Park Stores in Montana and Wyoming, an annual budget of $20 million, more than 50,000 supporters, and an online community of more than 300,000 worldwide.

The combined organization will eventually operate under a new name, to be announced after the merger closes. Despite the change the mission will remain the same: to connect people to Yellowstone National Park through visitor experiences and educational programs, and to translate those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment in order to conserve and enhance the park for the future.