Joe Alston, Grand Canyon National Park’s Superintendent since 2000, is retiring after a 31-year career in the National Park Service (NPS). Born in New York City and raised in Tustin, CA, he attended the University of Kansas where he received his MBA. After leaving the private sector for the NPS, Joe held a wide variety of positions including stints as the concessions specialist at Yellowstone National Park, Chief of Concessions Management Division in the Alaska Regional Office and as Assistant Superintendent of Yellowstone National Park. He served as Superintendent at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, Curecanti National Recreation Area and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument.
During his tenure at Grand Canyon, Joe was deeply involved in a number of high-profile resource management challenges such as addressing the recommendations set forth in the General Management Plan and the release of the controversial Colorado River Management Plan. Joe will continue to live in Arizona with his wife of 32 years, Judy, a long-time educator.