Michele Gee is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Parks Conservancy, responsible for implementing the organization’s strategic plan and guiding change management initiatives to grow empowering leadership practices. She oversees programmatic areas that advance the Conservancy’s mission to connect visitors and communities with the national parks in the Bay Area.
Michele started her career in the late 90s as an AmeriCorps Supervisor during the restoration of Crissy Field. She has over 24 years of experience promoting a more inclusive and equitable Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
In her most recent position as Chief of Interpretation and Education for the National Park Service, Michele championed more accessible parks and promoted a more inclusive telling of park stories and resources. A few of her accomplishments in her 11 years at the National Park Service include the opening of the William Penn Mott Jr. Presidio Visitor Center and development of “The Big Lockup: Mass Incarceration in the United States,” an exhibit on Alcatraz. Michele chaired the first GGNRA Employee Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee and worked on many national projects such as Visitor Center Futures and strategic plan for America’s 250th anniversary. She also completed a special assignment at the U.S. Small Business Administration through the Presidential Management Council program.
Michele is a Bay Area native and has always been committed to improving her community: She was a U.S. Congressional House Page and earned her Girl Scout Gold Award. Michele served as an AmeriCorps VISTA and board member for the Ecology Center. She graduated from UC Santa Barbara in Environmental Studies and studied Conservation & Land Management at the University of South Australia. She currently lives in the East Bay with her husband, son, cat and free roam rabbit.