Gateway Arch National Park Announces Tarona Armstrong as New Deputy Superintendent
ST. LOUIS — Gateway Arch National Park announces National Park Service veteran Tarona Armstrong as its new Deputy Superintendent. Armstrong comes to St. Louis from President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site in Hope, Arkansas, where she has served as Superintendent since 2014. She will start her new position later this month.
“For nearly three decades, Tarona has been committed to forwarding the mission of the National Park Service by working in stewardship to preserve our nation’s history and protect our national treasures,” says Mike Ward, Superintendent, Gateway Arch National Park. “We are thrilled for Tarona to join our team and help lead this effort for St. Louis’ urban national park.”
Armstrong will assist Superintendent Ward in managing all park activities while serving as the direct supervisor to the park’s four program leads in preparing and executing park programs, spearheading improvement initiatives, and enacting park policies and regulations.
“I am honored and humbled to join a team that has been entrusted with the responsibility of preserving and leading such an iconic park that reflects St. Louis’ role in the westward expansion of the United States,” said Armstrong. “I am eager to work alongside park staff, partners and the local community in maintaining this special place.”
Armstrong has held multiple leadership roles within the National Park Service, including assisting in the development of three new units of the NPS (Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas; Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site in Little Rock; and Clinton Birthplace Home.) Her NPS career has taken her across the country, including George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Virginia; Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Charles County, Maryland; and Everglades National Park in Florida.
Armstrong has earned various exceptional performance awards throughout her NPS career. She is also a certified Neutral Conflict Resolution Mediator and currently serves as the Conflict Core Plus Coordinator for Regions 3, 4 & 5 within the Department of the Interior’s Integrated Conflict Management System.
A native of Marianna, Arkansas, Armstrong earned her Bachelor of Science degree in parks and recreation from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and has earned two graduate degrees from Webster University in St. Louis in human resource management and management and leadership.