Former Deputy Director of National Park Service Joins The Corps Network’s Board of Directors

WASHINGTON – Mickey Fearn, who for the last six years has served as the National Park Service’s Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance, has joined The Corps Network’s Board of Directors. He is currently a Professor of Practice in North Carolina State University’s School of Natural Resources.

Fearn has been a parks, recreation, and conservation professional for over 45 years. While Deputy Director for the National Park Service his responsibilities included Communications, Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, Youth Programs, International Affairs, Partnerships, Legislative and Congressional Affairs, Policy, State and Local Assistance Programs, and outreach and communications to groups currently underrepresented in parks, recreation, and in the world of conservation.

Before joining the National Park Service, Mickey worked in Seattle where he held positions as the Director of the City of Seattle’s Innovation Project, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Program, Manager of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, and Director of Communication and Citizen Engagement in the Department of Parks and Recreation. In addition, he led a campaign to end youth violence in the City of Seattle and developed programs that connected young people with nature. Mickey also served as the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner for 12 years. Prior to his work in Seattle, he worked for the Governor of California, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor of Oakland California.

Mickey’s organizational interests include inclusion, collaboration, innovation, and creativity. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Park Administration at California State University and his Master of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Oregon.

“We are very pleased to have Mickey join our Board,” said Mary Ellen Ardouny, President and CEO of The Corps Network. “His knowledge and commitment to conservation programs, parks, youth, and diversity make him an excellent addition to our team, and we believe he will be able to bring greater attention to the many success stories that America’s Service and Conservation Corps produce by cultivating the next – and more diverse – generation of conservation and community leaders.”

About The Corps Network

The Corps Network is the voice of the nation’s 127 Service and Conservation Corps. Currently operating in every state and the District of Columbia, Corps enroll more than 27,000 young men and women in service every year. Since its creation in 1985, The Corps Network has provided national leadership and promoted the growth and quality of its member Corps as they provide education, workforce development, and an ethic of stewardship to diverse youth who address important community and conservation needs. Corps mobilize an additional 289,000 community volunteers who work alongside Corpsmembers to annually generate 638,684 additional hours of service, at an estimated value of $14,140,463. For more information, visit or contact Levi Novey at or 202.737.6272.

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