As the John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute (retiring, August 2021), Steven Monfort directs operations at the organization's 163-acre facility in Washington, D.C., and its 3,200-acre facility in Front Royal, Virginia.
Monfort is responsible for managing the organization's multimillion dollar budget; the Zoo, a public facility which welcomes approximately 1.8 million visitors each year; and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, which includes groundbreaking work in conservation biology. Monfort is also responsible for education programs, ticketed events and retail services.
Monfort has been affiliated with the Zoo since 1986, when he founded the Zoo’s Endocrine Research Laboratory. It is 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. Monfort has also served as a scientific advisor to the Smithsonian’s Under Secretary for Science and was previously the supervisor of SCBI's Education Office and an associate clinical veterinarian.
In 2006, he became the Zoo’s associate director for conservation and science, supervising approximately 100 research scientists, research veterinarians, technicians, support staff, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research interns located at the Zoo’s Rock Creek and Front Royal facilities. In addition to serving as the leader of the Zoo’s science directorate, Monfort was the John and Adrienne Mars Director, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.