Leadership

Executive Management

Judy Gradwohl
President and Chief Executive Officer

Michael Wall, Ph.D .
Vice President of Science and Conservation

Eowyn Bates
Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Beth Redmond-Jones
Vice President of Engagement and Education

The San Diego Natural History Museum traces its roots to an enthusiastic group of amateur naturalists, who formed the San Diego Society of Natural History in 1874.

Board of Directors

Chair
Anita Busquets
President, Biotechnology Management Consultants and Owner, Aliane Wines

Vice Chair
Roberto Arjona
CEO and General Manager, Rancho La Puerta

Secretary
Tom Oberbauer
Biological Consultant, AECOM

Treasurer
Terri Buchanan
Accountant, UC San Diego (Retired)

At Large
Mary Dawe
Attorney, California Court of Appeal

Directors
Austin Blue
Co-Founder & President, Spectrum Aeronautical and SciFly

Anne Bullard
Community Volunteer

John DeBeer
VP, Chicken of the Sea

John Downing
Executive Director, Downing Family Foundation

Tom Hazard
Partner, R.E. Hazard Contracting Company

Georganne Hoctor
Community Volunteer, Teacher (Retired)

Steve Kay, Ph.D.
Provost, USC Michaelson Center for Convergent Bioscience

Kathryn Kim
Community Volunteer

Diana Lindsay
President, Sunbelt Publications

DeEtte Loeffler
Attorney, Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek and Hoshaw

Steve McDonald
Attorney & Counselor at Law

Judith Muñoz
Vice President, The Scripps Research Institute (Retired)

Rand Newman
Senior Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company (Retired)

Demi Rogozienski
Community Volunteer

Jessica Dee Rohm
President and CEO, Rohm Global

Jon Schmid
President and CEO, Cook and Schmid

Jason Shidler
Managing Director, First Republic Bank

Melvin Spiese
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Karen Garsson
Former VP, Corporate Responsibility, SAIC

Stephen Hill
District Director, Assemblymember Todd Gloria

Trustees Emeritus

Pamela M. Bruder
Dale Clark
Mary H. Clark*
James Clements*
Joan Parker
Norman C. Roberts., DVM*
Harley Sefton
Thomas W. Sefton*
Christy Walton
Carol Wilson

Honorary Trustees

Charmaine* and Maurice* Kaplan
Philip M. Klauber*
Donna K. Sefton*
Richard Schwenkmeyer
Nita and Henk van der Werff
Dennis Wilson

*deceased

Binational Advisory Board

Co-Chair
Enrique Hambleton
Chairman, Pronatura Noroeste

Co-Chair
Thomas Oberbauer
Biological Consultant, Aecom

Eric Anderson
Vice President, Anderson’s SeedCo

Roberto Arjona,
CEO and General Manager, Rancho La Puerta

Austin Blue
Co-Founder & President, Spectrum Aeronautical and SciFly

Richard Cudney
Conservation and Science Associate Program Officer, Packard Foundation

Gustavo Danemann
Executive Director, Pronatura Noroeste, A.C.

Iris Engstrand, Ph.D.
Professor of History, University of San Diego

Martin Goebel
Executive Director, Sustainable Northwest

Alan Harper, Ph.D.
Terra Peninsular, AC

Davida Herzl
Co-Founder & CEO, Aclima Inc.
Managing Partner, NextEarth Group, LLC

Richard Kiy
Partner, Alumbra Advisors

Sergio Knaebel
Grant Director, Sandler Family Supporting Foundation

Laura Martínez Ríos
Director, ProEsteros

Steven McDonald
Attorney & Counselor at Law

Anne McEnany
President and CEO, International Community Foundation

Tim Means
Owner and Founder, Baja Expeditions

Jerome Navarra
Jerome's Furniture

Rodolfo Ogarrio
Executive President, Fundea (Fundación Mexicana para la Educación Ambiental AC)

James Riley
San Mateo Conservancy

Jaime Roberts Vildosola
Director, IAMSA Development Group
Board Member, Pronatura Noroeste

Carolina Shepard Espinoza
Founder and Director, Bahia De Los Angeles Museum

Laura Silvan
Executive Director, Proyecto Fronterizo de Educacion Ambiental A.C.

Melvin Spiese
Major General, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Drew Talley
Environmental & Ocean Sciences Department, University of San Diego

Roberto Valdes
Land and Planning Development

Jim Waring
CleanTECH San Diego
City of San Diego, Land Use and Economic Development

Sula Vanderplank
Biodiversity Explorer, Botanical Research Institute of Texas

Mary Yang
Scientist

Emily Young
CEO, Nonprofit and Philanthropic Institute, University of San Diego



Collaborations and Partnerships

The San Diego Natural History Museum is accredited by the American Association of Museums , which certifies that this museum continues to demonstrate a professional level of operation in accordance with the standards of excellence prescribed by the AAM.

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Our organization is a member of the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, a collaboration of 26 arts, science and culture institutions in Balboa Park. By working together we produce major outcomes that no single organization could achieve alone. Benefits of our Partnership include:

  • Collective cost savings of $800,000 annually;
  • Improved organizational performance and creation of new resources (knowledge, innovation, and networks)
  • New financial resources: since 2008 the Partnership has brought $4.2 million in new revenue to Balboa Park;
  • Improved public accessibility and safety through capital improvements and ADA upgrades
  • Reduction of Balboa Park's carbon footprint by 5.4 million kWhs and 91,000 therms annually, the equivalent of 110 homes; and
  • Professional development for more than four thousand staff and volunteers to improve professional practice and visitor experience.

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To learn more about the many ways our collaboration makes the Park a better place to visit, learn, and have fun, please visit the Partnership's website at www.bpcp.org.

The San Diego Natural History Museum has been awarded Prestigious LEED® for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance Green Building Certification.

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