A Bactrian camel licks its offspring

Boards & Leadership

African painted dog in exhibit


Our Board of Trustees and executive staff develop and execute strategic plans that mark a path for the zoo’s growth and continued success. With a commitment to our mission, our Women’s Board and Auxiliary Board take on extensive fundraising efforts to support the financial health of the zoo. Together, they forge and fund ways forward for Lincoln Park Zoo.

Executive Staff

Megan Ross, Ph.D., President & Chief Executive Officer
Rena J. Solano, Chief Financial Officer
Brendan Daley, Vice President, Operations
Marybeth Johnson, Vice President, Government Relations & External Affairs
Beth Krauss, Vice President, Marketing & Communications
Linda Leadbitter, Vice President, Human Resources & Administration
Maureen Leahy, Vice President, Animal Care & Horticulture
Dana Murphy, Vice President, Learning & Community Engagement
S. Sunny Nelson, Vice President, Conservation & Science
Ginevra Ranney, Vice President, Development


Leadership and Fundraising Boards

Board of Trustees

Lincoln Park Zoo relies on its Board of Trustees for leadership and guidance as it cares for its animals and achieves its mission of conservation, research, and education while serving its members and the community.


Women’s Board

Founded in 1976, the Women’s Board of Lincoln Park Zoo actively raises funds to keep the zoo free and support its capital, conservation, and education efforts. Members serve as ambassadors to the community, celebrating Chicago’s most treasured wildlife experience.


Auxiliary Board

The Auxiliary Board of Lincoln Park Zoo works to support Lincoln Park Zoo by raising funds to preserve a free experience for the community. Members strive to build awareness of the unique way in which the zoo connects the community to nature.


Zoo scientists monitor wild gorillas

Zoo Staff

Lincoln Park Zoo’s staff are leaders in local and global wildlife conservation, community engagement, and animal care and welfare systems that benefit zoo animals and wild ecosystems.


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