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President's Biography



Joanne M. Hanley, President, Gettysburg Foundation

Joanne Hanley has been President of the Gettysburg Foundation since 2011. The Foundation is a non-profit educational organization working to enhance the preservation and understanding of the heritage and lasting significance of Gettysburg and its national parks – both Gettysburg National Military Park and Eisenhower National Historic Site. She came to the Foundation after a 32-year career with the National Park Service.

Now, in partnership and collaboration with the National Park Service, Mrs. Hanley manages the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center, the only privately-owned and operated visitor center in the national park system, and which has welcomed more than 8 million visitors since it opened in 2008. The unique and exceptional partnership between the Gettysburg Foundation and the National Park Service provides private sector support, flexibility, funding and a margin of excellence, to complement the preservation and education mission of the national parks at Gettysburg, as well as supplement annual federal appropriated dollars.

The Foundation raises funds for Gettysburg and Eisenhower for preservation, acquisition and educational projects and programs, and has a membership of nearly 25,000 friends around the country and world.

Mrs. Hanley retired from the National Park Service in 2011. At her last assignment, she served as General Superintendent of the National Parks of Western Pennsylvania, which included the development of the Flight 93 National Memorial, as well as managing Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Friendship Hill National Historic Site, Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site, and Johnstown Flood National Memorial.

Her other National Park Service assignments included Women’s Rights National Historical Park, Glen Echo and Clara Barton National Historic Site, George Washington Memorial Parkway, and Mount Rainer National Park. She worked on management plans in several of the Alaska national parks when they were first added to the National Park system in the 1980’s, and also worked in Washington DC in the National Park Service Office of International Affairs on training and technical assistance in southeast Asia and Africa.

Mrs. Hanley holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental science from Long Island University, New York, and a master’s degree in environmental science from Washington State University.