New LANL Foundation CEO Unveils Plans For Future

Jenny Parks

LANL News:

  • Los Alamos National Laboratory Foundation Executive Director Jenny Parks Interviewed On New LANL Community Connections Podcast

A Community Connections podcast episode that features the new CEO of the LANL Foundation, Jenny Parks, has just been released by the Los Alamos National Laboratory Community Programs Office.

Parks discusses her diverse professional background and the Foundation’s plans for the future with Carole Rutten, deputy director of community programs at LANL. Parks joined the Foundation as CEO in January, 2015, after serving as CEO of the New Mexico Community Foundation.

The LANL Foundation was established in 1997 through an allocation from LANL, along with congressional appropriation through the Department of Energy. The primary mission of the Foundation is to support the educational needs of children in the public schools in the vicinity of Los Alamos National Laboratory. Today, they are serving this mission by focusing on three areas: early childhood education, inquiry science and scholarships.

“These scholarships are really changing lives,” Parks said. “We now have scholarships available for all ages, along with the Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund, which has granted more than 1,000 scholarships to date.”

Plans are underway to expand the Firstborn program that the Foundation manages into a statewide program that can operate autonomously. Further growth for the Foundation will be through their inquiry science program, which currently serves a seven-county area of northern New Mexico and which has an opportunity to grow by partnering with a renowned national organization.

The episode can be accessed at along with the entire podcast series.

About LANL Community Connections Podcasts

LANL Community Connections Podcasts are produced by the Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Community Programs Office. Podcasts are produced in support of the Community Commitment Plan, focusing on education, economic development and community giving. A full list of episodes can be found at

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