Chris Nunes

Chris Nunes, CPRE, is the Director of Parks and Recreation for The Woodlands Township, in The Woodlands, Texas. In that position, he oversees the management of 100 full-time and 350 part-time staff divided into eight divisions (Park Operations, Planning, Recreation, Aquatics, Development, Town Center, Environmental Services and Resident Care Center), a $19.5 million operational and a $6 million capital improvement budget. He is accountable for the maintenance of 140 parks, 15 swimming pools and aquatic facilities, 210 miles of pathways, 200 miles of streetscapes, 1400+ cul de sacs and 500 acres of lakes and ponds.

Prior to The Woodlands, he was the Director of Community Services for the City of Fort Morgan, Colorado; an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator for the Recreation Management Program at Ashland University and Director of Parks and Recreation in Fort Kent, Maine. Chris holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Recreation Management and a Master’s Degree in Sports Management from Springfield College in Massachusetts and a Doctorate in Parks and Recreation Administration from the University of New Mexico. In 2011, he became one of the first 50 Certified Park and Recreation Executives (CPRE) and in 2012, Chris was elected as a fellow of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration. In 2015 he received the National Distinguished Professional Award from NRPA, and in 2016 he was elected President of the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Service on state and national committees and councils includes: Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism, and Related Professions (COPART), CPRP/E Committee (Chair), CPRP Exam Committee (Chair), Revenue Development and Management School- Board Member, 2010 Chair of the Board of Regents of the Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School, Texas A &M Parks, Recreation and Tourism Advisory Committee, Chair of the Texas Recreation and Parks Society-Strategic Planning Committee, Secretary/Treasurer Texas Municipal Parks, Recreation and Tourism Association, Chair of the Gulf Coast Parks and Recreation Directors Association, member of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Association-Certification Committee and Conference Education Coordinator, member of the Colorado Parks and Recreation Foundation-Board of Directors, chair of the Northern Maine Community Recreation Association and founder of the Gulf Coast Leadership Development Institute.

Over the course of the past 15 years, he conducted 235+ presentations on topics including: business plans, contracting, creative programming, marketing, external funding, communication, leadership and succession planning to the following conferences: National Recreation and Parks Association-Annual Congress, NRPA-Rocky Mountain Revenue Management School, NRPA-Resource Management School, NRPA-National Aquatics Conference, Athletic Business, the International Society for the Child’s Right to Play, Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, Arizona Parks and Recreation Association, Texas Recreation and Parks Society, Colorado Parks and Recreation Association, Florida Parks and Recreation Association, Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association, Nevada Parks and Recreation Society, Indiana Parks and Recreation Association, Maryland Parks and Recreation Association, Minnesota Parks and Recreation Association, Connecticut Parks and Recreation Association, New Jersey Parks and Recreation Association, Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association, Missouri Parks and Recreation Association, Oregon Parks and Recreation Association, Washington Parks and Recreation Association, Texas Municipal Parks, Recreation and Tourism Association, American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Ohio Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, Springfield College Sports and Recreation Marketing Symposium and the Gulf Coast Leadership Development Institute. [current as of December 2016]