National Park Service News Release
Date: February 23, 2022
K. Lynn Berry selected as superintendent of four Oakland area national parks
SAN FRANCISCO - The National Park Service (NPS) has selected K. Lynn Berry to serve as the superintendent of Eugene O’Neil and John Muir national historic sites, Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and Rosie the Riveter-World War II Home Front National Historical Park in California. She currently serves as the superintendent of Congaree National Park in South Carolina and will begin her new role in early April.
“K. Lynn brings a wealth of experience working cooperatively with communities and partners to support access and stewardship,” said Regional Director Frank Lands. “This experience will help connect park and community interests in mutually beneficial ways throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.”
“I very much look forward to supporting the teams at these unique and important parks,” said Berry. “The parks’ stories inspire me, but I’m even more impressed by what I’ve heard about how the staff is telling these stories and engaging surrounding communities. It will be an honor to help them continue growing those connections.”
Berry joined the NPS in 2010 with a background in community and environmental planning, as well as cultural resource management and public involvement processes. She brought that combined experience to her NPS roles as the national heritage area program manager and centennial coordinator for the South Atlantic Gulf Region, acting superintendent of DeSoto National Memorial, regional chief of community assistance and partnerships for the National Capital Area, and acting superintendent of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Before joining the NPS, Berry worked in federal and state government, as well as private consulting. Her bachelor’s degree in cultural anthropology led to a master’s in the same field; later studies led to another master’s degree in city and regional planning.
In her current superintendent role, which she has held since 2018, Berry strengthened alliances with non-profit partners and other agencies to extend the park’s capacity and achieve mutually beneficial goals for all parties involved. She developed high-profile partnerships with tourism organizations and educational institutions to expand the park’s reach to the public.
Berry and her partner, Lynn-Margaret, have spent time living, working and traveling across the country and world. In addition to paddling, biking, hiking and other outdoor pursuits, Berry enjoys blacksmithing, the theatre, fine restaurants, and museums.
Eugene O'Neill National Historic Site commemorates O'Neill's contribution to American literature and drama, and to provide the public a park for the performing arts and related activities and educational programs. Learn more at www.nps.gov/EUON
John Muir National Historic Site preserves John Muir’s home to educate the public of the environmentalist’s work. Muir is recognized for his effort as a crusader for the National Parks and was an ardent supporter of the early conservation movement. Learn more at www.nps.gov/JOMU
Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial was established as a National Memorial to honor the courage and commitment of the sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Merchant Marine, and civilians killed and injured in the largest homeland disaster during World War II. On July17, 1944, 320 men, over 200 of whom were African Americans, were instantly killed when a loaded munitions ship blew up during loading operations at the site. Learn more at www.nps.gov/POCH
Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, located in the wartime boomtown of Richmond, Calif., preserves and interprets the wide array of stories, places and legacies of our nation’s home front response to World War II. Learn more at www.nps.gov/RORI
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