Donald Leadbetter, Tourism Program Manager National Park Service
Donald Leadbetter is the Tourism Program Manager for the National Park Service, where he coordinates engagement with the travel and tourism industry and facilitates collaboration on relevant issues in support of sustainable tourism that benefits parks, resources, visitors, communities, and the economy. In addition to providing external coordination and representation of the National Park Service at tourism industry forums, trade shows, and meetings, he collaborates with program areas throughout the agency to leverage tourism-related functions in support of the mission of the National Park Service.
Donald began his career in the National Park Service in 2009 as a Presidential Management Fellow and member of the Commercial Services Program, moving into his current leadership role in 2016. After spending time developing tourism management strategies for the Office of Policy, Management, and Budget at the Department of the Interior in 2010, he joined the National Park Service’s Centennial Office in 2014, collaborating with partners on a variety of programs and events for the agency’s 2016 centennial.
Prior to joining the National Park Service, Donald spent a decade working on the front lines of the travel and tourism sector, from guiding small group camping trips around the country to crewing on expedition cruise ships around the world. Donald earned a master’s degree in tourism administration from The George Washington University.