Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens, 1445 Millcoe Road, Jacksonville, FL 32225  

News Release

Jacksonville, Fla. (Feb. 26, 2020) – The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens Board of Directors has hired Dana Doody as executive director for the nonprofit organization.

Doody brings more than 13 years of nonprofit experience to the position and most recently served as director of development with the North Florida Land Trust, where she raised more than $3 million. She is also is a Florida Master Naturalist (Uplands Graduate).

“As a board, our primary goal is to grow the arboretum into a sustainable organization and fully develop our botanical gardens while adding more impactful programs,” said JAG Board President Ron Whittington. “We felt Dana had the right skill set to help us achieve these goals, while sharing our vision and a real passion for the arboretum.”

Previously, Dana worked as an Account Manager for the Jacksonville Regional Chamber of Commerce, where she created the Health Council for the Chamber – which remains one of the chamber’s most successful councils. She also worked with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, where she oversaw three events and added a new event in Gainesville, CF Climb, which was well-received by the organization and participants.

She was named a Jacksonville Business Journal ‘Woman of Influence’ in 2018.

Doody grew up on the Westside of Jacksonville and attended Florida State College at Jacksonville. She is also a graduate of the Presidents Program of Sandler Sales Institute.

For more information, visit  www.jacksonvillearboretum.org

For more information, or to donate to other planned improvements at JAG, contact Doody at danad@jacksonvillearboretum.org.

About the Jacksonville Arboretum and Gardens

The Jacksonville Arboretum & Gardens, located at 1445 Millcoe Rd., is open to the public seven days a week starting at 8 a.m. The arboretum’s mission is to cultivate a unique environment for recreation, education and inspiration for residents and visitors to the Jacksonville area. Located on 120 acres of scenic property, the venue amenities include a paved parking area, an accessible lake loop with gardens and five other maintained trails, benches, boardwalks, scenic overlooks and picnic tables– and offers a free, guided nature walk at 9:30 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month.

For more information, visit www.jacksonvillearboretum.org, email info@jacksonvillearboretum.org or call 904-318-4342.

Media Contact: Cheryl Munn (904) 631-3555 or CherylMunn@comcast.net.

Jacksonville Arboretum & Botanical Gardens