Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Paul Gilbert, 2003

Paul Gilbert

Paul Gilbert is the Executive-in-Residence for the Recreation Management Program within the College of Education and Human Development here at Mason.

For a decade, Paul has been the Executive Director of NOVA Parks, that is, the Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority, a destination park agency with operations in three counties and three cities in Northern Virginia. Paul has helped NOVA Parks grow its enterprise revenues by 70% and its parklands by nearly 20%. Before his work with NOVA Parks, Paul ran a land conservation non-profit and worked in the private sector doing marketing and corporate acquisitions.

He has written two well-received books and numerous articles. He was a founding board member of both the Virginia Recycling Association and Virginia United Land Trusts. He served as a regent and board chairman of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Revenue Development and Management School.  He is a board member and past Chairman of Visit Fairfax, Fairfax County’s destination marketing organization. He serves on the Virginia Outdoors Plan Technical Advisory Committee, and he previously served on the Governor’s Natural Resource Partnership, and as Regional Co-Chair of a State Park and Natural Areas Bond Campaign.