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BGCI-US Board

Botanic Gardens Conservation International (U.S.), Inc. is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.

As such, it maintains an active Board of Directors, currently including the following members:

Ari Novy

Ari
Novy

President of BGCI-US

Ari Novy is the President & CEO of San Diego Botanic Garden. Prior to this role, he was Chief Scientist at Leichtag Foundation in Encinitas, CA and Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC.

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Peter Wyse Jackson

Peter
Wyse Jackson

Vice-President of BGCI-US

Peter Wyse Jackson is the Director of Missouri Botanical Garden and George Englemann Professor of Botany, Washington University in St. Louis. In 1987, he joined IUCN where he helped to establish the international network organization for botanic gardens that became BGCI.

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Kayri Havens

Kayri
Havens

Treasurer

Kayri Havens is the Medard and Elizabeth Welch Director of Plant Science and Conservation at Chicago Botanic Gardens.

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James Affolter

James
Affolter

Director

James Affolter is the Director of Research at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia and a Professor in the Department of Horticulture. He is founding chairperson of the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance.

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Shannon Callahan

Shannon
Callahan

Director

Shannon is the Vice President of Development for the National Audubon Society (USA) and was previously the Director of Major Giving at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Ed
Guerrant

Director

Ed Guerrant is Retired Director of the Rae Selling Berry Seed Bank & Plant Conservation Program at Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon.

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Kathy
Jones

Director

Kathy Jones is a community volunteer and board member for educational and environmental organizations in Minnesota and throughout the USA

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Scot Medbury

Scot
Medbury

Director

Scot Medbury is the President & CEO of Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Prior to joining Brooklyn Botanic Garden, he was the director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers and the Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, Golden Gate Park.

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Abby
Meyer

Ex Officio Director

Abby facilitates public garden plant conservation efforts by improving BGCI’s data services and increasing awareness of the resources available to living botanical collections.

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Carrie Shea

Carrie
Shea

Director

Carrie is the CEO and Managing Director of Phoenix Strategic Advisors. She has over twenty-five years of experience serving the consumer products, retail and private equity industries.

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Paul
Smith

Ex Officio Director

With a career spanning 25 years working in conservation, Paul joined BGCI as Secretary General in March 2015. He is the former Head of Kew’s Millennium Seed Bank (MSB) and, during his nine years at the helm, seeds from more than 25,000 plant species were conserved in the MSB.

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