Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



It takes hundreds of full-time, part-time, and seasonal employees to run the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. These devoted people are employed by the Smithsonian, Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ), and the Office of Facilities, Engineering, and Operations (OFEO). In addition, more than 1,800 dedicated volunteers support the Zoo in many ways. Find out about the Zoo’s senior staff:

Meet our SCBI Staff

Executive Staff

Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Dennis W. Kelly
John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Steven L. Monfort
Executive Director, Friends of the National Zoo
Lynn Mento

Associate Directors and Senior Staff

Associate Director of Communications
Pamela Baker-Masson
Chief Advancement Officer
Lesli Creedon
Associate Director of Planning and Strategic Projects
Chuck Fillah
Associate Director of Finance and Administration
Jose Escoto
Associate Director for Animal Care Sciences
Brandie Smith
Deputy Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Will Pitt
Facilities Manager, OFEO
Enos Scraggs
Chief Financial Officer, FONZ
Ginna Newton
Director of Guest Services, FONZ
Rafford Seymour
Director of Human Resources, FONZ
Kate Sizemore
Director of Merchandise, FONZ
Merva Crawford
Director of Membership and Marketing, FONZ
Katie Leon
Director of Partnerships & Operations, FONZ
Craven Rand

Animal Programs

Senior Curator
Ed Bronikowski
Senior Curator of Animal Operations at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia
Paul Marinari
Curator, Amazonia and American Trail
Lee Jackson
Curator, Bird House
Sara Hallager
Curator, Cheetah Conservation Station and Elephant Trails
Tony Barthel
Curator, Great Cats and Kids’ Farm
Craig Saffoe
Curator, Primates
Meredith Bastian
Curator, Small Mammal House, Asia Trail and Bison
Steve Sarro
Curator, Reptile Discovery Center
Alan Peters
Chief Veterinarian
Don Neiffer, DVM
Supervisory Pathologist
Tim Walsh
Supervisory Nutritionist
Michael Maslanka

Meet our SCBI Staff