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The American Public Gardens Association is committed to creating an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture where the contributions of all community members are valued, respected and appreciated.  The Association also seeks to encourage and support its members in creating this same culture within their own institutions.

Just as the gardens and landscapes we present are biologically diverse and engaging, we seek to consistently re-examine our professional values, modify our existing practices and remove barriers to being diverse and inclusive.

Senior Program Manager, Collections, Conservation & Disaster Readiness
Pam has led American Public Gardens Association’s flagship collections accreditation program, the Plant Collections Network, since 2000, promoting excellence in curation and continent-wide coordination in collections management. She serves as the...
Member Development Manager
Katie joined the Association in 2022 as the Member Development Manager. In her role, she will contribute as a leader towards the Association’s strategic goals for membership engagement and organizational excellence. In addition, Katie is...
Virtual Conference and Professional Development Assistant
Briana joined the Association in 2021 as a Virtual Conference and Professional Development Assistant. In her role she assists with organizing the annual conference and putting together professional development events for members. Briana is...
Managing Editor, Public Garden Magazine
Dorothea Coleman is the Managing Editor of Public Garden, the Association’s journal. In this role she sets the schedule and ensures that everything comes together in a timely fashion. Prior positions were Editorial Consultant for Public Garden...
Interim Executive Director
Marcie Craig is a seasoned executive with more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit leadership and change and growth management. Marcie has served as the leader of an education corporation comprised of five mission-related nonprofits, an...
Marketing & Communications Manager
Richard A. Doran joined the American Public Gardens Association in November 2017 as Marketing and Communications Manager. In this position, Richard designs and maintains the Association’s overall marketing and communications calendar to achieve the...
Associate Director, Professional Development
Lauren's interest in public gardens began during her undergraduate days when she first visited the Dallas Arboretum. The Association has provided Lauren so much in terms of networking, leadership, and knowledge and she is eager to communicate this...
Program Manager
As Plant Protection Program manager, Tyler oversees the Sentinel Plant Network, Public Garden Surveys, and the Plant Heroes® youth education program. These programs engage public gardens in monitoring, detecting, and reporting significant...
Programs, Initiatives, & Networks Coordinator
Bailee joined the American Public Gardens Association staff in March 2021. In her role as Programs, Initiatives, and Networks Coordinator she assists in the development and administration of all Association programs. Bailee coordinates...
Plant Protection Program Assistant
Anna joined the American Public Gardens Association in May 2021, serving as Plant Protection Program Assistant. She mainly works with the Public Garden Surveys project and Sentinel Plant Network activities. Originally from West Virginia, Anna has...
Member Care Associate
Kathryn is excited to engage with our members as our Member Care Associate! She is a Delaware native with a B.A. in Communications from the University of Delaware. Kathryn has worked in the nonprofit field for eleven years, most recently in...
Associate Director, Operations
Chelsea has a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Delaware and a background in program management and operations. She has worked and volunteered with nonprofit organizations serving various groups including families experiencing food...
Creative Projects Coordinator
Caitlin Simkovich joined the American Public Gardens Association in early 2013 as its Communications and Logistics Manager. In her current position, she oversees the development and execution of large-scale creative projects including websites,...
Director, External Relations
Joan Thomas joined the American Public Gardens Association in June 2016 as Director, External Relations. She oversees all aspects of advancement, membership, and communications programs to advance public understanding, advocacy, and support for the...
Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager
Sara Wilson Meyer joined the American Public Gardens Association (APGA) in May 2022 as the Corporate & Foundation Relations Manager. In this role, she works to build new and existing relationships with corporations and foundations to support...