Brad Parks, a longtime conservationist and supporter of the Washed Ashore Project, has become the new director of conservation and education. Parks brings to the Washed Ashore team her background in biology and leadership as well as her extensive experience working in zoos and nature museums.
As Director of Conservation/Education, Parks will lead Washed Ashore in its goal to expand its reach and engagement in exhibits and educational programs. As the plastic pollution crisis continues to grow, the organization is now more committed than ever to making an impact and inspiring change.
Parks comes to Colorado’s Washed Ashore where his early passion for nature and wildlife inspired a 30-year conservation career in the zoo and museum industry. As a young adult, Parks earned a degree in wildlife biology which led him to work with the Colorado Division of Wildlife studying grassland birds. His first zoo job was at the Royal Zoo of Morocco as a Peace Corps volunteer. This experience has sparked a career-long value of culturally relevant conservation messages. Six years at Zoo Atlanta as an animal keeper and trainer preceded a 20-year stint at Zoo Denver.
As Senior Director of Customer Experience, he was proud to welcome Washed Ashore in 2016. In 2018, he earned a Masters in Organizational Leadership and later served in the Experiences and Partnerships Division at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
Parks steps into the role that Washed Ashore founder Angela Hazeltine-Pozzi once filled. Pozzi amicably resigned from his active role in the organization in October 2021 in order to spend more time with his family.
Conservation and education have always been at the heart of Washed Ashore’s mission. They see these values reflected in both Parks’ professional and personal life. This, combined with a dedication to excellence, gives them confidence that Parks will not only fulfill his new role, but exceed it.
“As a former host of Washed Ashore, I’m thrilled to now help bring these exceptional exhibits to others, raising awareness and bringing change to plastics issues in the oceans,” Parks said. “Plastic pollution isn’t going away. It’s not getting any better. Washed Ashore is bringing this message to communities in a way that enlightens and shocks people with how everyone can reduce plastics in our lives and what ends up in our oceans. .