For Women’s History Month, HRA is featuring some of our women employees who contribute to all aspects of the company!
Since joining HRA in 2016, Jackie Gonzales has written several book-length reports for the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), conducted research to support environmental and tribal litigation, interviewed many individuals for oral histories, curated interpretive exhibits, and developed historic contexts for cultural resources management projects. Her 2018 administrative history of the Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, written for the NPS and coauthored with HRA’s Emily Greenwald, won the National Council on Public History (NCPH) Excellence in Consulting Prize.
Before coming to HRA, Jackie worked for the NPS as an interpretive employee at several different park sites and at environmental policy organizations in Albany, NY. In her free time, Jackie likes to walk around Albany and grow stuff, lately with her two-year-old on her back (usually while said two-year-old sings songs to herself). Jackie is currently working on two projects with the NPS Southeast Regional Office that have been challenging and rewarding: one is a historic context for the region’s National Historic Landmark program of the American Revolutionary War period focused on narratives that the NPS has historically underrepresented. The other is an evaluation of research needs related to Black history at all parks in the region; HRA is partnering with amazing public historian Courtney Hobson. Both reports will come out 2023/2024—stay tuned!