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The Saint Louis Zoo Organization

Here you will learn about the Saint Louis Zoo governance, the Zoological Park Commission and the Zoo Association — along with our esteemed executive staff that are dedicated to our beloved Zoo.

Zoo Governance

The Saint Louis Zoo is legally classified as a tax-supported political subdistrict of the State of Missouri. Essentially, the Zoo is a government agency and has restrictions on how it raises and spends money. The Zoo also has a nonprofit partner, the Saint Louis Zoo Association, dedicated to raising funds in support of the Zoo's mission.

Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District

The Zoo Museum District (ZMD) to represents the taxpayers of the District in the careful oversight of the financial affairs of the Subdistricts: Missouri Botanical Garden, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and Saint Louis Zoo.


Saint Louis Zoological Park Subdistrict Commission

The Missouri State Legislature established the Zoo Subdistrict Commission, a subdistrict of the ZMD, as the Zoo's governing authority. Five members of the Commission reside in the City and five members reside in the County. The Commission has the fiduciary and management responsibility for the well-being of the Zoo.

The Commission

Saint Louis Zoo Association

The Association is a private nonprofit organization whose volunteer board is made up of business and community leaders. They work with the Zoo to provide leadership for fundraising, and they support conservation education, programming, facilities, government relations and special events.

The Association Board

Saint Louis Zoo Executive Staff

  • Dwight Scott

    Dana Brown President & CEO

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  • Michael Macek, MBA

    Saint Louis Zoo Director

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  • Cassandra J. Brown Ray, CPA, MBA

    Chief Financial Officer

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  • Regina Mossotti, MS

    Vice President of Animal Care

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  • Amy Dove, JD

    Vice President of Philanthropy

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  • Dustin Deschamp, JD

    Vice President of Internal Relations and General Counsel

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  • David F. McGuire, AIA

    William Bernoudy Vice President of Architecture and Planning

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  • Jim Madison

    Vice President of Business Operations

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  • Andrew Marti, MBA

    Director of Facilities Management

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  • Rory James, MPH

    Director of Diversity, Equity, Accessibility & Inclusion

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  • Kirby Meyer, MA

    Director of Marketing

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  • Billy Brennan, MA

    Director of Public Relations & Government Affairs

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Zoo History

Learn about our history and explore photos from the archives!

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