Jackie Mirandola Mullen Gonzales works as a research historian at Historical Research Associates, Inc., in Seattle.
Gonzales has a PhD in environmental history from the University at Albany, State University of New York. Her dissertation, "Coastal Parks for a Metropolitan Nation: How Postwar politics and urban growth shaped America’s shores," examined the federal government's concerted effort to turn private coastal lands into public parks in the 1960s.
She is now working to turn this dissertation into a book and is exploring ways to apply this coastal conservation research to present-day coastal zone management policies.
Gonzales has worked with the National Park Service (NPS) at Cape Cod National Seashore, Manzanar National Historic Site, and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park. She worked as a public historian and naturalist in these positions and conducted work ranging from canoe tours to cannon firing to oral histories. She also partnered with the NPS through an UNPEPP grant at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, in which she and other researchers conducted energy audits of the park's buildings and made recommendations for improved efficiency.
Gonzales also has extensive public policy experience. In Albany, she worked for several years at Parks & Trails New York, New York's leading statewide voice for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving New Yorkers' health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space. She coordinated a statewide grants program funded through New York's Environmental Protection Fund, spearheaded federal advocacy on public lands issues, assisted with the planning and implementation of statewide events like I Love My Park Day, and worked on bike and pedestrian advocacy issues along with partner organizations.
Jackie grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia and completed her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Notre Dame. She currently lives in Seattle, Washington.