Chip Jenkins - Deputy Regional Director
Chip Jenkins was appointed as the Deputy Regional Director of the Pacific West Region for the National Park Service in 2012. Previously, he served as Superintendent of North Cascades National Park for four years and has spent more than 25 years working for the NPS. This is Chip’s 10th park service assignment. His first park service job was in North Cascades National Park.
Born and raised in Connecticut, Chip moved with his family at age 11 to California, where he experienced his first backpacking and hiking trip at Camp Four in Yosemite National Park.
After completing a degree in parks management from the University of California – Santa Barbara, Chip's park service career took him from the parks on the west coast to national offices in Washington, DC to the Denver service center, back to parks on the West Coast.
Chip describes North Cascades National Park as “Washington’s best kept secret” and encourages visitors to explore the Highway 20 corridor, Ross Lake, Lake Chelan, and Stehekin.
During the winter months, Chip enjoys skiing Mt. Baker with his wife and two sons. The family also looks forward to a summer of experiencing the many wild and wonderful places in Washington State.
Deputy Regional Director Chip Jenkins at a Ken Burns
documentary viewing event in April, 2009.