Joan Anzelmo served for nearly 35 years in the National Park Service. She retired in July 2011 after serving four years as park superintendent of Colorado National Monument. She has also held Chief of Public Affairs and spokesperson positions in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks as well as the agency’s national Chief of Public Affairs and senior spokesperson in Washington, D.C. She served at the National Interagency Fire Center as BLM’s Chief of External Affairs, Park Manager at Great Falls Park, Va. and Chief of Visitor Services at the National Visitor Center in Historic Union Station in Washington, D.C.
Joan, a native of Washington, D.C., graduated from the University of Maryland in 1975 with B.A. in French. She is conversant in French, Spanish and Italian and has represented the NPS at tourism conferences in France and Italy.