Steven Monfort has been named Acting Director of the National Zoo, effective April 13. He replaces John Berry, who was recently appointed Director of the Office of Personnel Management.
As the Acting Director, Steven Monfort directs operations at the Zoo’s two campuses: the 163-acre facility in Washington, D.C., and the 3,200-acre Conservation and Research Center in Front Royal, Virginia. He reports directly to Charles Alcock, Acting Under Secretary for Science.
Monfort oversees the Zoo’s mission to provide the highest quality animal care, advance scientific excellence in conserving wildlife, teach and inspire people to engage in conservation, and practice conservation leadership through sustainability.
He is responsible for managing the Zoo’s multimillion-dollar budget, the public facility, which welcomes more than two million visitors each year, and the research program, which includes groundbreaking work in conservation biology. Monfort is also responsible for the Zoo’s fundraising, education programs, and retail services implemented by Friends of the National Zoo, the Zoo’s nonprofit partner.
Monfort has been affiliated with the Zoo since 1986, when he founded the Zoo’s Endocrine Research Laboratory, the largest laboratory of its kind in the United States dedicated to monitoring hormones for assessing reproductive health and well-being in diverse wildlife species.
Most recently, he served as the Zoo's associate director of conservation and science, supervising about 100 research scientists, research veterinarians, technicians, support staff, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and research interns located at both the Zoo’s Rock Creek and Front Royal facilities.