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Gateway Arch Park Foundation Names New Executive Director

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Ryan McClure returns to lead the organization into next phase of growth and development.

The Board of Directors of the Gateway Arch Park Foundation has selected Ryan McClure to return to the organization as Executive Director effective July 1. McClure previously served as the long-time communications director for the Foundation.

“We are pleased to have Ryan McClure back to lead the Foundation,” said Carolyn Kindle Betz, Foundation Chairwoman. “He has a deep love for this region, strong relationships with area leaders and a great understanding of the important role the revitalized Gateway Arch National Park plays in the renaissance of Downtown St. Louis.” 

“St. Louis and Gateway Arch National Park are near to my heart and I am honored to be asked to lead the Foundation’s efforts to support the park and the renewal of Downtown St. Louis,” said McClure. “We will work every day to make sure the park remains a vital, welcoming, and well-supported resource for our community and the world.”

Most recently, McClure served as President of Boys Hope Girls Hope of St. Louis where he oversaw daily operations, fundraising and community relations.

“I am grateful to the Board of Boys Hope Girls Hope for the opportunity they gave me and the work we were able to do together to support the scholars who inspire me every day,” said McClure.

McClure will succeed Eric Moraczewski, who had been in the executive director’s role at the Foundation since October 2016.

“I am proud of the work we accomplished during my time at the Gateway Arch Park Foundation to complete the renovation of the park. I look forward to what the Foundation will do under Ryan’s leadership,” Moraczewski said. “The organization will be in great hands.”

The Gateway Arch Park Foundation hosts more than 40 free, public events each year to welcome the community into Downtown St. Louis to experience the transformation of the Gateway Arch National Park and how it reconnects the world-famous monument with the businesses and attractions of the St. Louis region.