Jim Maddy (Chair of the Board)

President & CEO (Retired), Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Jim Maddy is the former President and CEO of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and a nationally-recognized leader in conservation policy and advocacy. Under his leadership, Jim grew AZA’s membership and budget; implemented a successful plan to improve Association member services; and raised the positive profile of AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums as drivers of tourism and economic development, as leaders in animal care and welfare, and as key players in the conservation of wildlife and wild places.

Jim previously served as President of the National Park Foundation (NPF) for nine years. There, he worked to strengthen the connection between the American people and their National Parks by raising private funds, making strategic grants and increasing public awareness. Prior to NPF, Jim served as President of the League of Conservation Voters (LCV) through four federal election cycles. LCV is the independent political voice for the environment, and Jim built the organization into a significant force for injecting sound environmental policies into the federal electoral process. Jim broke ground as the first Executive Director of the Western Governors’ Association (WGA). At WGA, Jim developed policies and programs in the areas of natural resources, the environment, human services, economic development, international relations and state governance.