Mickey Fearn has been a public servant, “civic imagineer,” and parks, recreation, and conservation professional for nearly 6 decades.
He served as a Professor of Practice in the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University’s 2013 until his recent retirement. Mickey now invests his time, energy, and expertise in assisting public parks, recreation, conservation agencies and non-profit organizations with their strategic, conscious evolution.
From 2009 to 2013 he served as the National Park Service’s Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance from 2008 until 20013. His responsibilities included Community Engagement and Outreach, Communications, Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, Youth Programs, International Affairs, Partnerships, Legislative and Congressional Affairs, Policy, and State and Local Assistance Programs.
Mickey was a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner for 12 years. Prior to his work in Seattle, Mickey worked for the Governor of California, and the California State Department of Parks and Recreation, as a Community Outreach Specialist. He served the Mayor of Oakland, California as the Coordinator of Voluntarism, Special Projects, and Community Engagement.
Mickey has served on the Board of Directors of the Trust for Public Lands, Groundwork USA, the Corp Network, the City Parks Alliance, the Core Network, Northbay Environmental Learning Center, the Board of Advisors for the University of Vermont Rubenstein School of Natural Resources, and the State Park Leadership School Board of Regents. Mickey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento, and his Master of Science Degree from the University of Oregon.