Speaker Details

Catherine Nagel

Executive Director
City Parks Alliance

Catherine has served as Executive Director of City Parks Alliance (CPA) since 2004. During this time she has launched a national advocacy campaign to increase public and private funding for urban parks, including the bi-partisan Mayors for Parks coalition; developed community capacity building programming through on-line resources; and organized numerous regional workshops, city-wide tours and national and international urban parks conferences.

Catherine is also a co-investigator in the first national study with the RAND Corporation to determine the correlation between urban parks management and policies and physical activity. The study will engage citizen scientists in 25 cities to observe neighborhood park use in order to shape public policy on health promotion. The research is supported by the National Institutes of Health.

For five years Catherine directed the partnership between CPA and the National Association for Olmsted Parks, where she was also Executive Director. During that time, NAOP republished The Master List of Design Projects of the Olmsted Firm (1857-1979), which received the ASLA Honors Award, Boston Society of Landscape Architects Award of Excellence and Foundation for Landscape Studies Brinckerhoff Prize.

Prior to working for CPA and NAOP, Catherine was Executive Director of the Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia where she initiated the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia and the annual Philadelphia-Japan Health Sciences Dialogue. She has also consulted on economic development with Greater Philadelphia First, a business leadership organization promoting international investment, and was a producer with Nippon Television Network, Japan’s oldest broadcast network in their New York news bureau and affiliated firms in Tokyo.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Japanese Studies, Bucknell University; a master’s degree in Landscape Architecture, University of Pennsylvania School of Design; and completed the Executive Program for Non-Profit Leaders, Stanford University Graduate School of Business.