Jonathan Jarvis

Executive Director of the Berkeley Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity

Jonathan (Jon) B. Jarvis is the Executive Director of the Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity at the University of California, Berkeley. He served for 40 years with the National Park Service as ranger, biologist and superintendent. In 2009, he was nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate as the 18th Director of the National Park Service (NPS), serving for the entire Obama administration. During his tenure, he led the agency through its Centennial, adding 22 new parks, achieving its largest budget in history and raising over $400 million in philanthropic support. His most recent book, co-authored with Clemson Professor Dr. Gary Machlis, is “The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water”, from the University of Chicago Press. Jarvis is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions for his work in conservation.