|SARASOTA, FL — Following an international search, Jennifer Rominiecki has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota, FL. She will begin her new duties February 9, 2015. She brings 15 years of extensive professional background in capital planning and funding, institutional operations, management, special events and exhibition projects with The New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx, NY.
“Jennifer has demonstrated an effective working relationship with horticulture, botany and education staff, as well as volunteers. As a principal in botanical garden management, she also has an impressive track record of successful capital campaigns. She is the transformational leader perfectly suited to take the helm of Selby Gardens and usher us into a new era,” said Selby Gardens Board of Trustees Chair Cathy Layton. “We feel certain that this community will love her, and that we will all benefit from what she will accomplish for our beloved urban paradise on Sarasota Bay.”
Rominiecki says she is excited about the future for Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. “Botanical gardens, like plants and people, flourish under the right care and conditions. Selby Gardens has obviously been well cared for and loved. I am honored to join this dynamic organization as it prepares to celebrate 40 years of world-class leadership and discovery in the field of epiphytic plants. Selby Gardens is positioned to realize incredible potential – especially considering we are faced with a global imperative to preserve and protect irreplaceable plants and their habitats.”
Selby Gardens’ successfully completed construction of the Ann Goldstein Children’s Rainforest Garden in November, 2013. The $5 million capital project served nearly 13,000 school-age children and their families in its first-year of operations. Immediately following that institutional success, the staff and board began to fashion a newly-envisioned strategic plan, master plan and feasibility study to ensure the Gardens’ success and sustainability well into the future.
About Jennifer Rominiecki
Rominiecki most recently served as Vice President for Institutional Advancement and Special Assistant to the President at The New York Botanical Garden, a position she held there since November, 2010. She joined NYBG in 1999. Previously she held management and development titles with The Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, both located in New York City. During her time with NYBG she was charged with overseeing a $479 million fundraising campaign in operating, capital and endowment support to fund initiatives outlined in the Gardens’ seven-year strategic plan as well as successfully raising $22 million to fund annual operating support. She also worked closely with the president and chief operating officer to balance the $70 million operating budget.
Rominiecki graduated magna cum laude from Lafayette College in Easton, PA where she earned a bachelor’s of art degree in art history/English. She is married with two school-age boys.
About Selby Gardens
Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, 900 S. Palm Ave., Sarasota, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily except Christmas, regular admission $19 (ages 12 and up), ages 4-11 $6, Members and children 3 and under enter free. Contact us at (941) 366-5731 or selby.org. Get social at www.facebook.com/selbygardens or www.twitter.com/selbygardens.