Kelly Schmidt has worked in the field of parks, recreation and conservation education for more than  26 years, serving municipalities, non-profits and park districts in, Florida, Colorado, Scotland, California, Texas and Washington. Kelly began her career on the frontline of parks and recreation as an interpretive park ranger, youth programs director and aquatics director. She is a founding board member of the National Association of Aquatic Professionals and Vashon Island Parks and Recreation Foundation. She also takes pride in founding Girl Scout troops and participating in/supporting Girl Scouting in every community she has lived in.


Kelly is a graduate of the NRPA Director’s School and holds certifications as a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP) and American Red Cross Lifeguard Instructor (LGI). Academic achievements include her Bachelor of Science in Natural resources Recreation & Tourism from Colorado State University’s College of Natural Resources and her Masters of Science in Recreation and Leisure Service Administration and Management from Texas State University. Hiking the Colorado Trail (500 miles) in 30 days and the John Muir Trail (270 miles) in 15 days are also among her notable personal accomplishments.


Removing any barriers that may prevent community members from the full enjoyment of their recreational and cultural resources, open spaces, trails and parks is one of her passions. While enjoying and excelling at all aspects of her work, Kelly's specialties include: facility and program management, event creation & facilitation (creating a sense of place and life-long memories), aquatics management, branding and marketing, grant writing and facilitation, staff training, desktop publishing, operational systems auditing and implementation, risk management, staff restructuring for optimal performance and efficiencies, natural resource conservation and management, park and facility maintenance, and master and strategic plan authoring. Kelly has a passion for improving the quality of life in the communities she serves and looks forward to applying this passion toward her work with the National Association of Park Foundations and assisting communities all over the country to embrace parks and improve their daily quality of life.


Professionally, Kelly currently serves as the Parks and Community Services Director for the City of Dripping Springs, TX and resides in the same community she serves with her husband and two daughters.

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