Grace has a life-long passion for America’s parks and the outdoors. As a young girl, Grace and her family spent summers camping and hiking at national parks across the country and has continued this tradition with her own family.
Since 2006, she has overseen the significant expansion of National Park Trust's mission and park preservation and youth programs, including the creation of NPT's innovative environmental education program, Where's Buddy Bison Been?, which currently engages more than 40 schools (10,000 kids annually) across the country with their local, state and national parks, and National Kids to Parks Day, a grassroots day of play in collaboration with more than 360 parks, 300 mayors, governors and senators representing all 50 states and 140,000 participants annually.
In addition, she has overseen the strengthening and diversification of the National Park Trust Board, the rebuilding of NPT’s staff and operations, the development of foundation/corporate partners and collaborators, and the redesign of its websites and communications and branding strategy. She is also responsible for the enhancement and the development of key partnerships and collaborations with government, conservation, education and health organizations, including the Department of the Interior, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside! initiative, National Park Service, American Academy of Pediatrics, NFL Players Association, US Army Corps of Engineers, Children and Nature Network, and numerous independent, public charter, and public schools across the country.
Grace holds an AB degree in chemistry (biologic specialization) from Duke University, worked as an analytical chemist at the National Institutes of Health, and then as an editor for Analytical Chemistry published by the American Chemical Society. For ten years, Grace served on the board of the Bullis School, an independent school in Potomac, Maryland, as vice chair and played a leadership role in the school’s strategic plan and development initiatives including two capital campaigns and the annual fund.