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San Diego Zoo Global

Key Leaders

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Paul A. Baribault
President/CEO, San Diego Zoo Global

Mr. Baribault serves as the executive leader for San Diego Zoo Global. In this role, he is responsible for setting policy and maintaining the organization’s role as a leader in conservation and animal care.

 

Shawn Dixon
Chief Operating Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

As Chief Operating Officer of San Diego Zoo Global, Mr. Dixon serves with the President/CEO in overseeing all aspects of San Diego Zoo Global.

 

David Franco
Chief Financial Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

As Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Franco oversees the financial management of the organization.

 

Wendy Bulger
General Counsel, San Diego Zoo Global

As General Counsel, Ms. Bulger counsels the CEO, executive team, and management on a broad range of legal issues, manages litigation, and is responsible for oversight of the organization’s risk management and compliance functions. 

 

Dwight Scott
Executive Director, San Diego Zoo

As Executive Director of the San Diego Zoo, Mr. Scott is responsible for the overall operation of the 100-acre zoo, which is located in Balboa Park just north of downtown San Diego.  He oversees daily operations of all departments, including admission, transportation, education, food service, retail, facilities, animal care, veterinary services, horticulture, special events, and construction and maintenance.

 

Lisa Peterson
Executive Director, San Diego Zoo Safari Park

As Executive Director of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, Ms. Peterson is responsible for the overall operation of this 1,800-acre wildlife preserve located near Escondido. She oversees the administration of all departments and operations, construction and maintenance, animal services, veterinary services, horticulture, and special events. 

 

Nadine Lamberski, DVM, DACZM, DECZM (ZHM)
Chief Conservation and Wildlife Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

Dr. Lamberski serves San Diego Zoo Global as Chief Conservation and Wildlife Officer, leading a united team of conservation scientists, researchers, wildlife nutritionists, and wildlife veterinarians, and developing a comprehensive approach to San Diego Zoo Global's conservation efforts.

 

Aida Rosa
Chief Human Resources Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

Ms. Rosa serves San Diego Zoo Global as the Chief Human Resources Officer. In her role, she manages a staff of over 18 employees who fulfill employment needs for San Diego Zoo Global, develop benefits packages for its nearly 3,000 employees, and handle organizational and strategic challenges that occur in a large, diverse workplace.

 

David Gillig
Chief Philanthropy Officer, San Diego Zoo Global

Mr. Gillig leads the nonprofit conservation organization's crucial fund-raising efforts to support further growth of the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, while also raising the bar on the organization's commitment to support worldwide conservation efforts in service to the mission of saving endangered wildlife.

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