Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Lesli A. Creedon

Associate Director and Chief Advancement Officer

  • Oversees all fundraising initiatives for the Zoo and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
  • Spearheads major fundraising efforts for capital projects, including the renovation of the 1928 Bird House into Experience Migration, and programs such as the Slate Hill Conservation Initiative
  • Supports the Zoo’s research mission through private philanthropy


Creedon is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and serves on the advisory board of its Department of Economics. She is also a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and the Development Council at ALIVE! (Alexandrians InVolved Ecumenically!) a social service organization.

From 2003 to 2007, Creedon served as the executive director of Partnership Development at the United Nations Foundation in Washington, D.C. The foundation mobilizes public and private partnerships to help with global issues including climate change, children’s health, peace and security, and poverty eradication. There, Creedon designed, implemented, and led its first fundraising strategy with a focus on international partnering and donations. She worked with UN agencies around the globe and represented the foundation at international conferences and events, cultivating relationships with major corporate, foundation, individual and government donors and partners.

Prior to her employment with the United Nations, Creedon served as the vice president of External Affairs at Resources for the Future, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization dedicated to energy, environmental and natural resource issues in Washington. A think tank fanatic, Creedon has also held fundraising and communications positions at the Brookings Institution, the Aspen Institute, and the Economic Policy Institute.