Jennifer Nersesian, an 11-year veteran of the National Parks Service, has been chosen to be the new superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area, the federal park that includes much of Jamaica Bay, Fort Tilden and coastal Brooklyn, Staten Island and Sandy Hook, New Jersey.
“I am very pleased to have Superintendent Nersesian stepping into this important position,” said Joshua Laird, commissioner of National Parks of New York Harbor. “This is a time of great opportunity for Gateway. With the completion of our General Management Plan, the park is poised to become a model of resiliency and a showcase for all that a 21st-century urban national park can be.”
Nersesian previously served as superintendent of the New Bedford Whaling National Historic Park in Massachusetts. There, she helped develop a new shuttle pilot program for the park in partnership with the New Bedford city government and the local transit authority, and increased the park’s accessibility online through new and emerging technology. During her time at the NPS, she has also worked at Yosemite National Park.
“This is such an exciting moment in Gateway’s history,” she said. “There is tremendous opportunity ahead, and by working together — the staff, the partners, and the community — and connecting our collective assets and resources, we will raise to a whole new level what it means to be a ‘gateway’ to a unique and meaningful experience for millions of urban residents.”
Nersesian replaces Linda Canzanelli, who retired earlier this year.