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Olmsted Conservancy Names New President and CEO

Tuesday April 10, 2007

New Olmsted Conservancy president Mimi Zinniel
Mimi Zinniel

The Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mimi Zinniel as President and CEO.  After an extensive national search the Conservancy has found the person with the experience and personal strengths to lead the organization as it fulfills its mission to restore, enhance, and preserve the Olmsted-designed parks in Louisville.

Zinniel brings to the position an excellent educational background and broad business experience.  She has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ripon College, where she graduated cum laude, and was Phi Beta Kappa.  She also earned a Master of Arts from Tufts University and an MBA from Stanford University Business School.  For the past 26 years she held a variety of managerial positions at Brown-Forman Corporation, which she joined after leaving Stanford.  At Brown-Forman, Zinniel held several positions in management, finance, sales and marketing. Earlier in her career, Zinniel worked as the Development Director at ACCION International, a Massachusetts-based agency that focused on increasing employment and improving community conditions in Latin America.

In addition to her business and management skills, Zinniel is an avid gardener, reader, lover of the arts, and community volunteer.  She currently serves on the boards of directors of Junior Achievement and the Community Foundation of Louisville, where she chairs the Grants Committee.  She has a record of working well with people in business and non-profit organizations and has found great success with her collaborative and consensus-building management style.  The Olmsted Parks Conservancy Search Committee viewed her well-rounded experience and interests as great assets for the variety of skills, including people skills, required to lead the Conservancy. 

Zinniel has a strong belief in the mission of the Conservancy and understands the Olmsted Parks are among the City's greatest assets.  In addition to Louisvilleā€™s parks, her exposure to Olmsted has included the parks in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (where she grew up), Boston, Massachusetts and the Stanford University campus. She will begin her new job effective June 11.

Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Inc., a non-profit organization, was established in 1989 to restore, enhance and preserve the Olmsted Parks and Parkways.  Working as a non-profit partner with Metro Parks, the Conservancy provides planning and funding for park improvements through donations from corporations, individuals and foundations.

-- from the Louisville Olmsted Parks Conservancy