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Red Mountain Park Welcomes a New Executive Director!


The Red Mountain Park Commission is pleased to announce its recent hire of T.C. McLemore, as Red Mountain Park’s Executive Director.  T.C. will manage Park operations and fundraising for the 1,500-acre Birmingham greenspace.

“Red Mountain Park sits squarely in the intersection of what keeps me committed to Birmingham—a beautiful greenspace dedicated to uncovering our city’s history while fostering public and civic health,” said McLemore.  “I am excited to join a team of committed conservation, education, outdoor, and nonprofit professionals.”  That excitement was echoed by Red Mountain Park Commissioner and Chair of the Executive Director search, Mark Waggoner: “We are thrilled that T.C. is joining our team.  His background in building dynamic community programs will prove tremendously beneficial for the work we have underway, and his energy and love for Red Mountain Park is evident.”

McLemore also shared about his new role, “Red Mountain Park is big place with even bigger goals. I am energized by the fact that I share this great responsibility of stewardship and growth with passionate volunteer leadership and with the greater Birmingham community.”  That volunteer leadership includes the Red Mountain Park Commission, fifteen appointed members led by Chairperson Steve Jones.  Jones shared that “T.C. is the right person at the right time, and the Commission is delighted that he will be leading at an important time in the Park’s history.”

McLemore has been employed with the Alabama Humanities Foundation, where he directed statewide educational programming.  He is a sixth-generation Alabamian, originally from Fort Payne. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from UAB and was the University’s first graduate with honors in Global and Community Leadership. After serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA at Alabama Possible, he earned a master’s degree in history from UAB receiving the David Hart White Prize in History.  McLemore has been involved with Red Mountain Park as a volunteer for years, most recently serving as President of the Park’s Junior Board.

McLemore will work closely with Monica Romano, who was recently promoted to Director of Philanthropy for the Park.  Romano joined the Red Mountain Park team 4 ½ years ago, and has advanced through progressively more responsible positions within various departments. Together with their colleagues, the Park’s new Executive Director and Director of Philanthropy look forward to furthering Red Mountain Park’s mission “to connect our communities by reclaiming the land where Birmingham began, uniting us all on the path toward a healthier future.”