Swenson succeeds Roger Kuhn, who was promoted last month to assistant director for development.
Swenson is a native of Oakland. He holds a bachelor's in natural resources and wildlife management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Swenson's full-time employment at Game and Parks began in 1986 as a park superintendent at Enders Reservoir State Recreation Area. He transferred to Eugene T. Mahoney State Park in 1992 and was promoted in 2000 to be the east region parks manager.