Alan Spears

Alan Spears is the Resident Historian and Senior Director for Cultural Resources at the National Parks Conservation Association in Washington, DC. He uses real-life stories and a conversational style to connect with his audiences to promote NPCA’s advocacy and the critical role the National Park Service plays in protecting, interpreting, and managing this nation’s historic and cultural resources. A veteran advocate and member of the Government Affairs department, his recent victories include joining with NPCA colleagues, partners and allies to win the designation of the Fort Monroe, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, Pullman, and Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments. Spears currently manages NPCA’s defense of the Park Service’s National Heritage Area program and serve as NPCA’s lead lobbyist for the campaign to establish a Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools national park site. He remains the only NPCA staff member to ever be rescued from a tidal marsh by a U.S. Park Police helicopter.

Alan Spears is the Resident Historian and Senior Director for Cultural Resources at the National Parks Conservation Association in Washington, DC. He uses real-life stories and a conversational style to connect with his audiences to promote NPCA’s advocacy and the critical role the National Park Service plays in protecting, interpreting, and managing this nation’s historic and cultural resources.

A veteran advocate and member of the Government Affairs department, his recent victories include joining with NPCA colleagues, partners and allies to win the designation of the Fort Monroe, Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, Colonel Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers, Pullman, and Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments.

Spears currently manages NPCA’s defense of the Park Service’s National Heritage Area program and serve as NPCA’s lead lobbyist for the campaign to establish a Julius Rosenwald & Rosenwald Schools national park site. He remains the only NPCA staff member to ever be rescued from a tidal marsh by a U.S. Park Police helicopter.