Professor of the Practice, School of Natural Resources
North Carolina State University
Mickey Fearn is currently a Professor of Practice in the North Carolina State University’s School of Natural Resources. He has been a parks, recreation, and conservation professional for over 45 years.
From 2009 to 2013 he served as the National Park Service’s Deputy Director for Communications and Community Assistance from 2008 until 20013. His responsibilities included Communications, Public Affairs, Strategic Planning, Youth Programs, International Affairs, Partnerships, Legislative and Congressional Affairs, Policy, State and Local Assistance Programs, and outreach and communications to groups currently underrepresented in park, recreations and conservation.
Before joining the National Park Service, Mickey worked in Seattle where he held positions as the Director of the City of Seattle’s Innovation Project, Executive Director of the Neighborhood Leadership Program, Manager of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative, and Director of Communication and Citizen Engagement in the Department of Parks and recreation. In addition, Mickey led the creation of the architecture to end youth violence in the City of Seattle, and developed programs Connecting young people with nature. Mickey served as a Washington State Parks and Recreation Commissioner for 12 years. Prior to his work in Seattle, Mickey worked for the Governor of California, the California Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Mayor of Oakland California.
Mickey’s organizational interests include inclusion, collaboration, and innovation and creativity.
Mickey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Park Administration from California State University and his Master of Science Degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies from the University of Oregon.