Zoo Administration

Chief Executive Officer & Zoo Director

Denise M. Verret (she/her/hers)

Denise Tamura, Executive Assistant

Zoo Administration

Mei Kwan, Deputy Director
Beth Schaefer, General Curator and Director of Animal Programs
Dr. Dominique Keller DVM, PhD, DACZM, Chief Veterinarian & Director of Animal Health and Wellness
Dr. Jake Owens, Ph.D., Director of Conservation
Dan Keeffe (he/him), Director of Learning and Engagement  
Carol Armstrong, Director of Sustainability and Capital Programs
John Goodwin, Acting Director of Construction and Maintenance 
Carl Myers, Acting Communications Director
Mae Huey, Director of Human Resources
Jess Kohring (she/her), Director of Equity Programs

Zoo Commission

Karen B. Winnick, President
Bernardo Silva, Vice President
Margot Armbruster
Christopher Hopkins
Daryl Smith
Richard Lichtenstein, Ex-Officio Member

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Former Zoo Directors

John Lewis, 2003-2019
Edward Maruska, 2002-2003
Manuel A. Mollinedo, 1995-2002
Dr. Mark A. Goldstein, 1992-1995
Dr. Warren D. Thomas, 1974-1991
Chester E. Hogan, 1971-1974
Dr. Nathan B. Gale, 1968-1971
Dr. Wesley A. Young, 1966-1968

Association of Zoos and Aquariums Accreditation

The Los Angeles Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. With its more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information, visit the AZA website at www.aza.org.