BGCI Recruits New US director
BGCI announces the appointment of Dan Shepherd as the new Director of the Botanic Garden Conservation International - US office. Dan is located at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, which is a partner with BGCI in housing and overseeing the BGCI-US office.
Dan brings a commitment to plant conservation and a remarkable set of abilities that will support BGCI-US in developing and implementing conservation initiatives around the country. In his most recent position as Resource Conservation Coordinator at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Dan managed resource and plant conservation programs.
?We are delighted to welcome Dan Shepherd to the Garden as Director of BGCI-US,? said Dr. Steven Clemants, Vice President of Science at BBG. Clemants had assumed the additional responsibilities as the Acting Director of BGCI-US while BBG sought to fill the position. ?Dan contributes an outstanding wealth of experience, talent, and devotion that will lead BGCI-US in its mission to serve botanical gardens across the nation.?
In addition to his strong background in conservation efforts, Dan possesses a diverse blend of talent and leadership experience. From running an edible flower business to co-founding Allrecipes, the leading online meal-planning website, Dan has developed a broad business background that will support his leadership role with BGCI-US. He is particularly proud of his volunteer work in community and youth gardening as a Master Gardener in the Seattle area. Shepherd holds an International Diploma in Plant Conservation from the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew and a B.A. in Japanese from the University of Oregon.