Jennifer Hardin

Chief of External Affairs, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument  

Jennifer Hardin is the new Chief of External Affairs at Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument where she oversees commercial services, environmental planning and compliance, tribal affairs and communications.  Jennifer is a cultural anthropologist with more than 25 years of experience facilitating partnerships and carrying out collaborative research and policy analysis in the United States and South America. Before joining Glen Canyon, she was the Subsistence Policy Coordinator for the Department of the Interior’s Office of Subsistence Management in Alaska where she advised senior management about federal subsistence policy issues and helped facilitate subsistence hunting and fishing in rural Alaska.  Jennifer began federal service at Yosemite National Park where she was the Park Cultural Anthropologist and American Indian Liaison. While at Yosemite, Jennifer developed and managed the park’s Cultural Anthropology and American Indian Relationships Programs, which addressed anthropological information and tribal consultation needs for planning, design, construction and collaborative resources management projects. Before joining federal service, Jennifer worked as an applied cultural anthropologist in the public sector conducting community-based research and policy analysis throughout the United States and South America. Jennifer holds Ph.D. and M.A. degrees in Applied Cultural Anthropology. Jennifer loves exploring and recreating on the Colorado Plateau with her partner, Aaron, and their dog Cassady.