Executive team

The Chicago Zoological Society is uniquely positioned to expand our leadership role in conservation on a local, regional, national, and international level. Our approach to applied science and education has led to a history of significant programs that have directly benefited the conservation of wildlife and the natural world.

To maximize and sustain conservation impact, programs must integrate and apply scientific knowledge toward human action while leveraging cultural shifts through training, community engagement, strategic collaborations, and public policy involvement. The management team—along with the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Zoological Society—is accountable for leading CZS toward desired strategic outcomes that advance the institution.

Based on rigorous review and evaluation of the best available data and alternatives, our leadership team functions collaboratively in a trusting and respectful environment, passionately committed to the mission of inspiring conservation leadership by engaging people and communities with wildlife and nature.
 

Dr. Michael Adkesson

President & CEO of the Chicago Zoological Society
Director of Brookfield Zoo

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David Burns

Chief Financial & Administrative Officer

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Kate Brueggemann

Senior Vice President,
Development

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Jennifer Baader

Senior Vice President,
Government Affairs & Community Programs

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Sandi Dornhecker

Senior Vice President,
Human Resources

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Dr. Sathya Chinnadurai

Senior Vice President,
Animal Health, Welfare & Science

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Andrea Rodgers

Senior Vice President,
Guest Experience & Operations

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Tim Snyder

Vice President,
Zoological Programs & Operations

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