Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Staff Spotlight: Michele White

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Staff Spotlight: Michele White

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If you've engaged with NRPA's leadership during the past six years, you may have seen or worked with Michele White without knowing the extent of her role at NRPA. As executive assistant, she supports President and CEO Barbara Tulipane and serves as a liaison for the Board of Directors and its various committees. White also works on a number of special projects and has recently developed NRPA's new Fund Your Park campaign (, a crowdfunding platform designed exclusively for park and recreation agencies. She took time out to share her background in parks and recreation, her work for the association and her penchant for standing in a creek on her days off.

Parks & Recreation magazine: You've been at NRPA since 2008. What attracted you to work here?

Michele White: The mission. Advocating for parks and making sure we all have access is a big thing for me. This is a job where you feel good about what you do.

P&R: Tell us a little about your day-to-day work.

White: I work closely with Barbara and the vice presidents to help ensure the association is moving forward. I also liaise with the Board of Directors and board committees, provide management oversight to the association and have been involved in many special projects since I started, such as all of the urban park conferences we've done.

P&R: Earlier this year, Vice President of Marketing, Communications and Publishing and Editorial Director Gina Mullins-Cohen mentioned in her Editor's Letter that she once overheard you say that you were "a park and rec kid. …

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