Effective November 8, 2020 the National Park Service has moved Cicely Muldoon from acting Superintendent – a position she has held since January, 2020 – to permanent Superintendent of Yosemite National Park.
“Cicely is widely regarded as one of the most outstanding and compassionate leaders across the National Park Service. I’m thrilled to have someone with Cicely’s proven and respected track record leading one of America’s most iconic and complex national parks,” said Margaret Everson, Counselor to the Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt. “Cicely’s track record of building strong relationships with park partners, local communities and elected officials will be invaluable as the National Park Service and Yosemite implement the Great American Outdoors Act.”
Muldoon served for five years as a NPS deputy regional director based in San Francisco where she oversaw partnerships, visitor and resource protection, interpretation and education, wildland and structural fire and safety programs across the region. She also provided direct oversight of 10 parks including Death Valley, Joshua Tree and Lake Mead. Before serving as a regional official, Muldoon was the superintendent at Pinnacles National Park and earlier at San Juan Island National Historical Park.
After serving as regional director, Muldoon served for almost 10 years as the superintendent at Point Reyes National Seashore, which the NPS describes as “one of the most ecologically rich areas in the United States.” At Point Reyes, Muldoon led historic investments and improvements to park infrastructure and built and strengthened relationships with local communities and elected officials to find commonsense solutions to managing the park’s complex array of resources, from designated wilderness to historic dairy farms.
As Yosemite National Park’s supervisor, Muldoon oversees California’s 750,000-acre crown jewel as well as 1,200 employees. California’s first National Park – and third National Park in the United States – is home to granite peaks, domes and waterfalls that overlook broad meadows, wildflowers and groves of ancient giant sequoias, After nonstop lobbying by John Muir and Robert Underwood Johnson, Yosemite National Park was established on October 1, 1890 through an act of Congress.
“A childhood visit to Yosemite introduced me to national parks. It captured my imagination and my heart then, and still does. It’s the honor of my career to join the outstanding team of employees and partners who care for and love Yosemite as much as I do,” said Muldoon.
A California native, Muldoon holds a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of California, Davis.
Congratulations on your permanent position as Supervisor, Cicely Muldoon!
See you on the trails!