Friday Evening Welcome
Craig Kunkel, Superintendent
Cuyahoga Valley National Park
James A. Garfield National Historic Site
First Ladies National Historic Site
Craig Kenkel is superintendent of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, of a 30,000 acre river valley park between Cleveland and Akron; James A. Garfield National Historic Site, the historic Mentor home of the 20th President; and First Ladies National Historic Site, which includes the historic Canton home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the First Ladies education and research center. A 37-year NPS employee, Craig has extensive experience caring for park historic and cultural resources as well as managing parks in urban areas.
Prior to moving to northeast Ohio in 2014, Craig was superintendent at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. He also worked at Golden Gate National Recreation Area, first as Chief of Cultural Resources and then as Deputy Superintendent. Craig’s partner Oscar, a native San Franciscan, works and resides in the City by the Bay.
Before his time in San Francisco, Craig worked in the Midwest Regional Office, Omaha, as the Regional Chief of Cultural Resources (1997-2005), and Regional Historical Architect (1992-1997). He is part of a large Iowa farm family and has lived in Denver, Omaha, and San Francisco; he now resides in Lakewood, Ohio.