Alan Spears uses real-life stories and a conversational style to connect with his audiences and engage them in park protection. A lobbyist and longtime member of NPCA’s Government Affairs department, he has helped ensure that important national stories are preserved for posterity. Alan has led, co-led or supported campaigns to add several new national monuments to the National Park System, including Fort Monroe, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, Pullman and Birmingham Civil Rights.
Alan is currently working to preserve the National Heritage Area program.
He remains the only NPCA staff person ever to be rescued from a tidal marsh by a Park Police helicopter.