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The Arboretum Foundation is pleased to announce that Jane Stonecipher has joined us as Interim Executive Director, effective, Monday, August 7.

As Interim Executive Director, Jane will oversee the daily operations of the Arboretum Foundation and work with our Board and staff to ensure that the Foundation continues to fulfill its mission to support the Washington Park Arboretum, including the Seattle Japanese Garden. Jane will also work closely with our City and UW partners, both on day-to-day matters and in relation to major projects in the Arboretum.

In selecting Jane to lead the Foundation, the Board was impressed not only with Jane’s deep and relevant experience, but also with her broadly acknowledged leadership skills, strategic and financial acumen, and collaborative work style.

“We are thrilled to have Jane join our team,” said Arboretum Foundation Board President Sherrey Luetjen. “We believe her combination of intellect, on-point skills and experience, and gracious and engaging approach will serve the Foundation well and help us achieve even greater positive impact within the Arboretum.”

A graduate of Harvard Business School, Jane has a strong background in finance and business development. She began her career in the private sector— working at Arthur Andersen, Hewlett Packard, and Western Wireless—and for the past decade, she has found her career fulfillment in the non-profit world. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as Vice President of Business Development and Finance at the Woodland Park Zoo and as Chief Financial Officer at the Epiphany School, in Seattle.

Jane also has extensive experience as a community volunteer in Seattle, working on the Steering Committee of the Volunteer Park Trust, as a community advisor to the UW Medicine Finance Committee, and as a trustee on the Board of Global Partnerships, to name a few.

Jane is passionate about creating opportunities for children and adults to understand and appreciate the natural world, as a pathway to a more sustainable future.

Please join us in welcoming Jane to the Arboretum Foundation team!