Brenda Ling

Brenda Ling has been appointed as the permanent superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site.

The National Park Service has selected Brenda Ling to serve as the permanent superintendent of Manzanar National Historic Site.

She is currently the director of the public affairs division at Gateway National Recreation Area in New York and New Jersey. Ling will begin her new role in June.

“As a 19-year veteran of federal service, Brenda brings a keen sense of working with other agencies that will serve her and the park well in this role,” said Regional Director Frank Lands. “During her tenure with the National Park Service she has proven to be an outstanding communicator and collaborative leader.”

Ling joined the NPS in 2018 as a member of the public affairs program at Gateway National Recreation Area. In 2020, she started the Asian American Employee Resource Group (ERG) within NPS along with 11 colleagues. The group, which provides professional support and camaraderie, has since grown to more than 150 members across the country.

In her current role at Gateway National Recreation Area, the fourth most visited site in the NPS system, Ling is a member of the park’s leadership team. She also served in a 120-day detail as acting superintendent at Manzanar from November 2021 to March 2022.

“It is an honor to be selected as the superintendent of Manzanar,” said Ling. “The story of this site, and the incarceration of people of Japanese descent, including American citizens, needs to be preserved and shared. I look forward to working with the dedicated park staff, partners, visitors; and engaging with local and Japanese American communities to share this important history with the public.” 

For more on this story, see the May 10 edition of The Inyo Register.

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