Gretchen Long has been involved in conservation matters, especially with national parks, for the past 25 years. For the last seven years she has served as one of twelve members of the National Park System Advisory Board. In that capacity, Gretchen was the chair of the Planning Committee, and more recently, the chair of the Centennial Advisory Committee, a committee of 28 partners who helped frame the centennial activities of 2016. Previously Gretchen served as a commissioner on the Second Century Commission for National Parks.
She is active as a Trustee Emerita of the National Parks Conservation Association board, having served for many years including as chair of NPCA. In addition to her work in support of our national parks, Gretchen has been associated with many conservation related organizations. She is a past chair of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS); past chair and Honorary Trustee of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies; past chair of the Greater Yellowstone Coalition as well as the Murie Center. Other boards included the Land Trust Alliance, Environmental Defense Fund, and NatureBridge.
Years ago Gretchen completed a business career in executive search in order to give her time and effort to these interests. The mother of two children and four grandchildren, Gretchen resides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and keeps a 1740 house in the Berkshires where she spends parts of spring and fall.