Michael Creasey currently serves as Superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park, a preservation model that blends community and national values to unveil a national story of Americas Industrial Revolution and preserves an urban landscape. Lowell was the first urban cultural park in the United States and is considered exemplary in its efforts to provide leadership on issues in preservation, civic engagement and experiential learning.
Working throughout the United States National Park System and in others countries, Michael has had the opportunity to participate in landscape-scale conservation and heritage development strategies. He was the executive director of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor in MA/RI which included two states and 24 cities and towns along a 46-mile long river corridor. The Blackstone was an experiment in how a region could create a balanced framework for preservation and development of a working landscape. He also led planning teams in landscape preservation along the Lower Rio Grande in Mexico and Texas - Los Caminos del Rio Heritage Project; in Flagstaff, Arizona on open space planning and urban growth strategies; in southern West Virginia addressing opportunities for heritage-based tourism development; and in New Mexico developing a statewide river assessment. His international assignments includes consulting work to Babia Gora National Park in Poland, the Derwent Valley in England, the Gansu Province in China along the Silk Road, and the Richelieu Valley in Quebec, Canada.
As a Loeb Fellow, Michael studied the importance of leadership roles in building an engaged citizenry as stewards of our public lands, and to explore partnership strategies that will holistically address opportunities to protect Americas treasured landscapes.