Past President

MaryLynn Mack is the Chief Operating Officer at South Coast Botanic Garden, a beautiful 87 acres of flourishing green lands and eight different environment spaces, nestled in the rolling hills of the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County.

Previously she served as the Director of Operations at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ and has also enjoyed successful careers as the Executive Director of the San Diego Rescue Mission’s Women and Children’s Center, and as Senior Director at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

MaryLynn brings 25 years of vision/strategic planning, project development, and board and leadership expertise and is also a past recipient of the Virginia G. Piper Fellowship, a Chanticleer scholarship, a graduate of The Getty Leadership Institute, and a Veteran of the U.S. Navy.

She has a passion for mentoring and supporting emerging professionals and believes that application of IDEA principles will empower public gardens to thrive in a changing world.

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