The Morton Arboretum's vibrant staff includes 190 full-time, 135 part-time, and 120 seasonal employees who work in areas such as plant collections and grounds, tree research, education, visitor services, and administration. Employees come from diverse backgrounds but have in common a commitment to the mission of the Arboretum: to plant and protect trees for a greener, healthier, more beautiful world.
The vision of The Morton Arboretum is to be the leading center of tree expertise, inspiring the world to plant and protect trees.
The management team leads the staff to achieve the pursuits of the Strategic Plan, which are related to Trees (enact science-based tree planting and conservation in a changing world), Climate (ensure resilient trees for the future at the Arboretum and in the Chicago region), Sustainability (enable a sustainable future for trees, people, and the Arboretum), and Inclusion (engage and reflect diverse audiences to serve the broader public good).
Senior staff of the Arboretum:
Gerard T. Donnelly, PhD
President and CEO
Kris Bachtell, MS
Vice President of Collections and Facilities
Murphy Westwood, PhD
Vice President of Science and Conservation
Preston Bautista, PhD
Vice President of Learning and Engagement
James Fawley, MBA
Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer
Kathleen Spiess, MPA, CFRE
Vice President of Development
Vice President of Marketing and Communications