Southeast D.C. native Joy G. Kinard (Photo Courtesy of

Southeast D.C. native Joy G. Kinard was recently named the first superintendent of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.

Kinard, who holds graduate degrees from Howard University and has been instrumental in overseeing restorative projects, including the Carter G. Woodson Home in Northwest, is a 17-year veteran of the National Park Service.

“We are delighted that Dr. Kinard will be the next superintendent of Charles Young,” Acting Midwest Regional Director Patricia Trap said in a statement. “She is also well-known and well-respected throughout the Mid-Atlantic region as a scholar of African-American History and Culture, having led African American National Historic Sites for three years. We know she will have great success working with the partners and community leaders to ensure the preservation and enjoyment of this monument, honoring such an accomplished leader like Colonel Charles Young and resilient veterans who served this country as Buffalo Soldiers.”

One of the newest additions to the National Park System, the monument was established as part of President Barack Obama’s ongoing efforts to establish interpretive programs and exhibits that showcase the contributions of Americans of color.

“I am extremely honored to have been entrusted with the awesome responsibility of leading the stewardship efforts for Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument and I cannot wait to begin working with the incredible partners and community to create the next generation of stewards and supporters of this special place,” Kinard said in a statement. “Together, we will care for, restore, and share these amazing stories and resources with all people as we prepare to celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service in 2016.”

Kinard has built bridges between the park service and local communities in the Washington, D.C. area as well as national partners, such as the National Council of Negro Women, Inc., the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.