Angela Marriott is a member of the Marriott Family, long-time supporters of Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. With the Marriott Family’s dedication and support, the Zoo has achieved much-needed momentum for its continuing efforts to raise awareness and funding for its work and to maintain its global leadership among zoos. 

The Marriott’s have also introduced the Zoo’s work and important initiatives to other animal lovers, conservationists, and local philanthropic leaders.  The Marriott Family played a leading role in securing the funding necessary to bring the Giant Pandas back to the Zoo in 2000 with a gift of $1.6 million, as well as a generous $3 million gift to the Elephant Trails exhibit in 2007 allowing critically endangered Asian elephants to flourish in a state-of-the-art habitat. 

Marriott currently serves as a board member of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Mid-Atlantic chapter, the American Heart Association Women’s Board and is a former board member of Best Friends Foundation, and Washington Performing Arts Society.