By Lee C. Ehmke
Lee C. Ehmke has been Chief Executive Officer and President of Houston Zoo since September 2015. Mr. Ehmke served as President of Minnesota Zoo Foundation. He served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Minnesota Zoological Garden until August, 2015. He joined Minnesota Zoo in August 2000. During his tenure, he led Minnesota Zoo to significant institutional growth including the development of new exhibits, increased service to the community, and a refocused mission that placed conservation at the core of the Zoo’s work. His exhibit legacy is seen throughout the Minnesota Zoo’s campus. Prior to his Minnesota Zoo position, Mr. Ehmke was a key designer of the Bronx Zoo’s Congo Gorilla Forest and other award winning exhibitions.
Mr. Ehmke served as President of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums.