Paul Gilbert

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About me

Gender MALE
Industry Environment
Occupation Executive Director
Location Northern Virginia, United States
Introduction I am the Executive Director of NOVA Parks (Northern Virginia Regional Park Authority). Prior to that, I was the President of the Northern Virginia Conservation Trust. NOVA Parks is a regional park system made up of three Counties and three Cities in Northern Virginia (Arlington, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties, and the Cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church). NVRPA operates 30+ park and owns over 11,000 acres. My family moved to Fairfax County when I was 1, so I am close to a native. I have a bachlors degree from St. Andrews University in N.C. and a masters degree from George Mason University. I also have a Certificate of Professional Development from the Wharton School of Business at UPA. I served on the Board of Regents for the NRPA Revenue Development and Management School, and am on the Board of Directors for Visit Fairfax.I am an Executive in Residense at George Mason University for their Recreation Management Program. I also published two books one on leadership and the Civil War called "Lead Like a General." The other book is "High Performance Agencies: The Entrepreneurial Model for Public Park, Recreation and Tourism Organizations."
Interests parks, kayaking, history, environment, land conservation, leadership, waterparks, pools, camping, trails, sailing, biking, Virginia politics, Green building, organizational development, golfing, energy conservation, eco tourism, fund raising, strategic planning.
Favorite Movies Robin Hood w/ Errol Flynn, Blues Brothers, Austin Powers, Rat Race, Meet the Robinsons, Indiana Jones (all of them), Star Wars (all of them)
Favorite Books Lead Like a General, High Performance Agencies, Last Child in the Woods, Strength-Based Leadership, Go Put Your Strengths to Work, Blue Ocean Strategy