The Division of Public Policy is central to the National Recreation & Park Association’s mission. It informs national lawmakers, public executives and others of the value of public parks and recreation. In collaboration with allied groups, state recreation and park societies, and NRPA members, the policy division supports and advocates national actions to advance national legislation, policies and programs that encourage greater public investment in recreation resources and increase recreation opportunities.
NRPA Division of Public Policy
1901 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Suite 900
Washington, DC 20006
Public Policy Staff
Barry S. Tindall, Director
Barry joined the NRPA in 1967 as a coordinator of special projects and was appointed to his present position in 1975. He represents NRPA's membership in national public policy issues and programs, and serves as NRPA's liaison to a number of allied natural and human resource organizations and public agencies. Prior to joining NRPA he received an associate degree in forestry from Paul Smith's College of Arts & Science, a B.S. in park and recreation administration from North Carolina State University at Raleigh, and a M.A. in government (urban and regional planning) from George Washington University. He is a national advocate for capital investments and progressive public policies, programs and management which enhance recreation access for all people, such as the Land and Water Conservation Fund.
Richard Dolesh, Senior Policy Associate, Natural Resources
Rich joined NRPA in June 2002 after working as the Director of Forest, Wildlife, and Heritage Service for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Rich is responsible for tracking, monitoring, and reporting on national legislation related to natural resource issues, including transportation enhancements, trails and pathways, recreation lakes, clean water, brownfields and more.
Michael Phillips, Outreach Coordinator
Michael joined the NRPA public policy division as an outreach coordinator in April 2001. Michael is an Old Dominion University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Therapeutic Recreation. He is currently taking prerequisite courses at George Mason University to pursue a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in Public Administration.
Michael will maintain the RecreACTION network, the public policy website and the Dateline newsletter, mobilize grassroots support for critical legislation, and work with the National Issues Action and Public Policy Committees on outreach initiatives.
Andy Simmons, Policy Division Administrator
Andy joined the NRPA public policy division in October 2003. He graduated from Principia College with a BA in Foreign Languages (Russian, French). As division administrator, Andy handles logistics, scheduling, and basic office management as well as offering support to the public policy staff through research, information management, and resource organization.