The Zoological Society of Milwaukee is excited to announce its new president and CEO, Jodi Gibson. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Gibson has spent the majority of her career outside of Wisconsin and is thrilled to be home.
"Gibson steps into her new role with a unique approach as she has held senior leadership positions in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors," says Caroline Krider, Zoological Society of Milwaukee board chair. Gibson has proven results in implementing strategic campaigns and global initiatives, having led fundraising activities for Feeding America, the country’s largest hunger-relief charity. In addition, she served as the vice president of corporate social responsibility with two Fortune 200 companies – JCPenney and, most recently, Kellogg Company.
"Her extensive experience and hands-on style will greatly benefit the Zoological Society of Milwaukee in its mission to conserve wildlife and endangered species, educate people about the importance of wildlife and the environment, and support the Milwaukee County Zoo," Krider says.
Gibson says, "I am honored and excited to join the Zoological Society of Milwaukee. Like many people in Milwaukee, I have fond memories of attending the Zoo as a child. Today, as an adult, I look at the Zoo a little differently. I see not only an amazing educational institution but also an important cultural attraction that contributes to the economic vitality of our city. Working together, the Zoological Society of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee County Zoo have created an anchor institution in our community that makes Milwaukee a great place to live, work and play."
She shares the Society’s passion for nature and all animals, and is greatly inspired by its conservation initiatives and the comprehensive animal collection at the Zoo. Gibson says, "I am in awe of what I am able to experience every day while working onsite at the Zoo. It always makes me smile to see Boris, the brown bear, relaxing in his hammock!"