Laurel Rematore

Chief Executive Officer,
Great Smoky Mountains Association

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Great Smoky Mountains Association


On January 4, 2016, I became the Chief Executive Officer of the Great Smoky Mountains Association. I was the Executive Director of the Mesa Verde Museum Association from 2008 through 2015, and was the Membership & Development Director for the Yosemite Association (now known as the Yosemite Conservancy) for eight years prior to that. I am well-versed in partnerships, governance, fundraising/membership, volunteer, operations, and human resources management. I am currently serving as the Governance Committee Chair for the PLA board. From 2010 to 2013 I served as the President of the Peaks, Plateaus and Canyons Association, a consortium of fourteen cooperating associations that operate on the incomparably beautiful Colorado Plateau. Prior to my nonprofit service, I had a career in project management and human resources primarily at Lockheed Martin Corporation.

My first national parks visit was to Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks on a family road trip when I was a kid. Mostly from that trip I remember being perpetually carsick. :-/

My favorite public land is Yosemite National Park (but don’t tell that to my current employer!) because that is where as a high schooler I first made the emotional and spiritual connection with a beautiful, wild place. That connection and sense of stewardship has never left me since.

The most rewarding aspect of my career is the continuous opportunity I have to give back to public lands through my work. Not only do I feel a sense of stewardship toward public lands, but I get to demonstrate it every day.