Olympic National Park gets new superintendent

The National Park Service has selected Sula Jacobs to serve as the superintendent of Olympic National Park, NPS officials announced on June 1.

Jacobs, currently the superintendent of Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, will begin her new role in late July.

“With more than 17-years of experience, Sula is a seasoned leader and has held several permanent and acting superintendent positions throughout the agency,” NPS Regional Director Frank Lands said.

“Her strong communication skills and extensive work with partners and Tribes make her a great fit for this position.”

Jacobs began her NPS career as a management analyst with the office of the comptroller in the national office. She then went on to become an administrative officer at George Washington Memorial Parkway and later the assistant superintendent at Biscayne National Park.

Jacobs then served as the superintendent at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park before assuming her current superintendent position which she has held since 2018.

Jacobs has also served as acting deputy superintendent at Yosemite National Park and acting superintendent at Biscayne National Park.

“I am honored to join the incredible team that cares for Olympic National Park,” Jacobs said in an NPS press release.

“I look forward to working with the Tribal nations, local communities, and partner groups on how the National Park Service can preserve the diverse resources of the park and create the next generation of stewards and supporters.”

Jacobs has a master’s degree in public policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California-Berkeley, a bachelor’s degree in economics and East Asian studies from Washington and Lee University, and a graduate certificate in wilderness management from the University of Montana. She said she looks forward to exploring the Olympic Peninsula with family, friends and her dog. She enjoys paddleboarding, hiking and baking.