Chief Executive Officer - Ganna Walska Lotusland

About Ganna Walska Lotusland

Located in the foothills of Montecito, Ganna Walska Lotusland, (“Lotusland”), is a globally renowned botanical garden encompassing the 37-acre estate of the late “Madame” Ganna Walska. Lotusland is a treasured masterpiece with an unforgettable and visually stunning experience – a garden of complex character and extraordinary horticultural achievement.

Lotusland is considered to be one of the world’s top 10 botanic gardens and is home to more than 3,500 different types of plants from all around the world. Many plants in the collection represent some of the rarest species on earth and in some cases are extinct in their native habitat. Lotusland is working to help save, propagate, and cultivate some of these most endangered plants for repatriation to their native habitats.

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The Opportunity

In these times, a new engagement strategy and model will be required for Lotusland to continue to thrive. Given that, the Board of Trustees seeks a Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) who will look with fresh eyes at the institution and provide the next chapter of creative and visionary leadership in all areas of Lotusland’s operations. While the senior staff and Board are giving this great thought, the new CEO will be expected to either embrace the model in place or develop a new one based on a recovery scenario built on reduced income to ensure perpetuity.


Koya Leadership Partners, the executive search firm that specializes in mission-driven search, has been exclusively retained for this engagement. Anne McCarthy, Alison Ranney and Alison Salisbury are leading this search. To make recommendations or to express your interest in this role please email All nominations, inquiries, and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.

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