Smithsonian National Zoological Park l Friends of the National Zoo



Daniel H. Davies

Zone Facilities Manager

  • Has been the Zoo’s zone facilities manager for more than seven years
  • Oversees all operation and maintenance of Zoo and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute buildings and grounds, except horticulture
  • Supervises building managers and more than 100 operations and maintenance employees

As the head of the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability’s Upper Northwest Zone, Davies is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the Zoo’s facilities, as well as advising on plans for renovation and new-construction projects. He provides supervisory oversight of three building managers and more than 100 operations and maintenance tradesmen, laborers, and administrative employees

He came to the National Zoo as zone facilities manager in February of 2007.


Before joining the Zoo, Davies was the building manager and then zone manager at the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum (and its Renwick Gallery), where he led the facilities management program from 1994 to 2006. During this period, Davies actively participated in the management of many projects, including the overall renovation of the Old Patent Office Building (2000 to 2006).

Davies received a B.S. in agricultural science from Cook College at Rutgers University. His previous experience included breeding dairy cattle, running a construction company, and historic restoration. He occasionally drove horse-drawn carriages for Charley Horse Carriage Company, when it was the only such company based in the District of Columbia.

Davies has been the secretary of the International Association of Museum Facility Administrators (IAMFA); editor of IAMFA’s newsletter; and president of the Museum and Cultural Institution Council of the International Facilities Management Association.

Davies is a certified facilities manager.