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Will Shafroth, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks

Will ShafrothMr. Will Shafroth serves as the Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks at the Department of the Interior. 

Shafroth oversees the National Park Service and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and their 35,000 employees, 394 national parks, and 555 national wildlife refuges. 

He also serves as the Secretary's lead representative on the "America’s Great Outdoors Initiative", a 21st century agenda for conservation, recreation and reconnecting people to the outdoors. 

Before coming to Interior, Shafroth served as founding executive director of both the Colorado Conservation Trust and the lottery-funded Great Outdoors Colorado Trust Fund.  Before that, he was Assistant Secretary for the California Resources Agency and Western Regional Director of the American Farmland Trust. 

In addition to these positions, Shafroth has served on the boards of the Land Trust Alliance and the Resources Legacy Fund and as a member of the Marin County, CA Planning Commission. 

Shafroth received a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Environmental Studies from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Mr. Shafroth, a 4th generation Coloradan, is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys biking, hiking, fishing and canoeing.  He is married and has three children.