The Director’s Office works with the Board of Park Commissioners to set and implement policies and work programs of Cincinnati Parks and management of approximately 170 full-time employees.
Ms. Kish grew up in Mentor, Ohio and attended Indiana State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in recreation and sport management, with a concentration in community recreation, and a Master of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University Indianapolis. Kara is pursuing a Ph.D. at Indiana State University and continues to serve as a Lecturer at Indiana State University’s Department of Recreation and Sport Management. Ms. Kish was recently named to the Council on Accreditation for Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions.
Prior to being appointed Director of Cincinnati Parks, Ms. Kish, a Certified Park and Recreation Executive, served as Deputy Director of Cincinnati Parks, before she was Superintendent of the Vigo County Parks and Recreation Department (Indiana). Kara has earned numerous awards and honors including the Robert W. Crawford National Young Professional Award, given to one professional annually, and the Park Design Award for the Griffin Bike Park (Indiana) by the National Recreation and Park Association. Kara is a Past President of the Indiana Park and Recreation Association, and the Past Chair of the National Recreation and Park Association’s Great Lakes Regional Network.