Placed Leaders

Marie Buck

Chief Executive Officer

Western National Parks Association

We partnered with Western National Parks Association on the search for a CEO. Western National Parks Association (WNPA) helps make the national park experience possible for everyone. As a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service, WNPA supports parks across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enhance the visitor experience, understanding, and appreciation of national parks.

Our work resulted in the recruitment of Marie Buck to the role.

Buck was most recently Chief Operating Officer for the Grand Canyon Conservancy (GCC) where she successfully managed operations, organization strategies, and systems. She previously served on the board of directors for GCC.

As the Senior Director of Business Operations at Phoenix Raceway (NASCAR), Buck’s leadership was instrumental in the $180 million facility modernization project resulting in substantial increases in revenue and customer satisfaction.

Buck has lived in Arizona most of her life and is an avid outdoorswoman. She enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and whitewater rafting. She has worked 30 rafting trips on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Buck earned a Bachelor of Science in Accountancy from Arizona State University.

Read the full announcement here.