By Kathy Chouteau
Rosie the Riveter-World War II Home Front National Historical Park has a new superintendent. The National Park Service (NPS) has named K. Lynn Berry as the superintendent of the Richmond-based national park, as well as the Eugene O’Neil and John Muir national historic sites and Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial.
Berry is currently the superintendent of Congaree National Park in South Carolina; she will start her new role in early April, according to the NPS.
The new superintendent remarked that she looks forward to “supporting the teams at these unique and important parks” and that she’s been impressed by how the parks’ staff are telling their inspiring stories and engaging their communities. “It will be an honor to help them continue growing those connections,” said Berry.
Berry—who holds Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Cultural Anthropology, as well as a second Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning—started working for the NPS twelve years ago.
Equipped with a background in community and environmental planning and cultural resource management and public involvement processes, she served in roles including national heritage area program manager and centennial coordinator for the South Atlantic Gulf Region, acting superintendent of DeSoto National Memorial, regional chief of community assistance and partnerships for the National Capital Area and acting superintendent of Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
Before joining the NPS, Berry’s career saw her working in federal and state government, as well as private consulting. She and her partner, Lynn-Margaret, have spent time “living, working and traveling across the country and world,” per the NPS, and she has worked in her current superintendent role in South Carolina since 2018.
NPS Regional Director Frank Lands said that K. Lynn “brings a wealth of experience working cooperatively with communities and partners to support access and stewardship,” noting that her experience will help “connect park and community interests in mutually beneficial ways throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.”
Located on the Richmond waterfront at 1414 Harbour Way S., Suite 3000, Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park “preserves and interprets the wide array of stories, places and legacies of our nation’s home front response to World War II,” said the NPS. For more info click here or call (510) 232-5050.