Following an international search, Jennifer Rominiecki has been named the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. 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 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.”
Jennifer Rominiecki possesses nearly twenty years of varied and senior-level management experience at major, audience-driven, and complex New York City cultural institutions with educational missions and historic preservation aspects.
She has served The New York Botanical Garden—one of the world’s most dynamic botanical gardens and research institutions—for 15 years in increasing roles of responsibility. At New York Botanical Gardens she is currently vice president for institutional advancement and special assistant to the president, where she is involved in many aspects of the organization’s management. She works closely with the board chair, president, and other board members to advance the institution’s mission. She is also responsible for oversight of the Garden’s seven-year campaign to raise $479 million in capital, operating, and endowment support. She has made significant contributions to the success of The New York Botanical Garden during her tenure.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Rominiecki held key positions at The Metropolitan Opera and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History and English from Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with Honors in Art History.
Ms. Rominiecki currently resides in Pleasantville, NY with her husband Robert and their two boys.