Catherine Nagel

Executive Director of City Parks Alliance, USA

Catherine Nagel is executive director of City Parks Alliance. She has led the Alliance for fifteen years, growing the nonprofit organization from its inception to an internationally recognized learning and advocacy network. Under Catherine's leadership, City Parks Alliance has worked with mayors to permanently fund federal legislation and leverage $100+ million for urban parks in distressed communities. She has collaborated with practitioners and researchers at RAND Corporation, Georgia Tech, and Urban Institute to advance program and funding strategies for parks and green infrastructure, strengthened public-private park governance models, inspired the formation of urban park organizations globally, and connected a range of leaders from government, community-based groups, cultural institutions, the business sector, and philanthropy. Catherine has held leadership positions with National Association for Olmsted Parks, Japan America Society of Greater Philadelphia, Greater Philadelphia First, and Nippon Television Network. She serves on the board of World Urban Parks. She received her bachelor's degrees from Bucknell University and master 's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, studied at Tokyo's Sophia University, and completed the Executive Leadership Program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.


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