The Chicago Zoological Society is uniquely positioned to expand our leadership role in conservation on a local, regional, national, and international level. Our approach to applied science and education has led to a history of significant programs that have directly benefited the conservation of wildlife and the natural world.

To maximize and sustain conservation impact, programs must integrate and apply scientific knowledge toward human action while leveraging cultural shifts through training, community engagement, strategic collaborations, and public policy involvement. The management team—along with the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Zoological Society—is accountable for leading CZS toward desired strategic outcomes that advance the institution.

Based on rigorous review and evaluation of the best available data and alternatives, our leadership team functions collaboratively in a trusting and respectful environment, passionately committed to the mission of inspiring conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.

  • Sarah Breen, Vice President of Conservation Funding Initiatives
  • Chris Jabin, Senior Vice President of Development
  • Jerry Johnston, Vice President of Guest Services
    John Kramer, Vice President of Plant & Facilities
  • Matthew Mayer, Vice President of Public Affairs
  • Krista Mozdzierz-Skach, Vice President of Visual Communication and Environmental Design
  • Chris Panek, Vice President of Membership