April 19, 2024
Cabrillo Nationwide Monument in Level Loma. Picture by Jennifer Vigil

The Nationwide Park Service Tuesday chosen Chris Rodriguez as superintendent of Cabrillo Nationwide Monument.

He’ll start his new function April 21.

Cabrillo Nationwide Monument is on the southern tip of the Level Loma Peninsula in San Diego. It commemorates the touchdown of Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo at San Diego Bay on September 28, 1542. This occasion marked the primary time a European expedition had set foot on what later turned the West Coast of the USA.

Rodriguez has been in varied park management roles for 16 years and at the moment serves because the chief of services and administration for 4 NPS websites within the Oakland space: Eugene O’Neil Nationwide Historic Website, John Muir Nationwide Historic Website, Port Chicago Naval Journal Nationwide Memorial, and Rosie the Riveter/World Warfare II House Entrance Nationwide Historic Park.

“[Rodriguez] is understood for his genuine management expertise and the supportive relationships and groups he builds wherever he goes,” mentioned NPS’ Pacific West Regional Director David Szymanski. “He’s nice at working throughout your entire group to seek out out what’s wanted, then bringing everybody collectively to make it occur.

“He’s additionally a pacesetter in making park websites and programming as accessible and obtainable as potential to the general public — particularly underrepresented and underserved segments of the group,” Szymanski mentioned.

Rodriguez started his NPS profession as a path employee at Pinnacles Nationwide Park close to California’s Central Valley in 1998. In 2001, he started main and supervising path crews and youth applications at Joshua Tree Nationwide Park, the place he “developed a robust connection to youth in the local people by means of a nationally acknowledged Youth Conservation Corps program,” an announcement from the park service reads.

“I’m humbled and extremely honored to function the superintendent at Cabrillo Nationwide Monument,” Rodriguez mentioned. “I look ahead to working with the workers and the park’s companions to construct on previous work and create a collaborative imaginative and prescient for the long run.

“I’m keen to interact with the expansive cultural and pure assets and discover outreach alternatives that capitalize on the park’s proximity to a diversely populated space,” he mentioned.

Rodriguez, his spouse Sara — an NPS human useful resource specialist — their canine Luna, and cats Marv and Mia, will transfer to San Diego. Their daughter, Grace, attends UC San Diego, and can graduate this summer season.

–Metropolis Information Service