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The San Francisco's Recreation and Park Department provides horticultural leadership and oversight, as well as management and maintenance of buildings and grounds, including gardeners and their supervisors. With the help of its members, donors and volunteers, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SFBGS) funds Garden improvements, provides curatorial and plant collections management services, propagates plants for sale to the public, maintains the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, offers year-round educational and community programming, operates the Garden's bookstore and welcomes annually more than 350,000 visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and around the world.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society


General Information

(415) 661-1316
1199 9th Avenue San Francisco, CA 94122
Main Gate Kiosk(415) 368-5406 
North Gate Kiosk(415) 368-6500 


Sue Ann SchiffExecutive Director(415) 661-1316 ext 415
Cindy LangExecutive Assistant(415) 661-1316 ext 401


Dennis GutmannBookstore Manager(415) 661-1316 ext 408
Vicky JulianBookstore Assistant(415) 661-1316 ext 408

Development & Membership

Sonia BanksInterim Director of Development(415) 661-1316 ext 305
Elisa HeikkilaAssociate Director of Development(415) 661-1316 ext 312
Janet JacobsProject Manager(415) 661-1316 ext 302
Marissa Angulo Special Events Office (415) 661-1316 ext 301
Megan Murphy Donor Services Officer (415) 661-1316 ext 313
Patty Rodgers Development Associate (415) 661-1316 ext 306

Finance & Administration

Matthew AyotteChief Financial Officer(415) 661-1316 ext 307
Kim McCallOffice Manager(415) 661-1316 ext 417
Rey CanoyStaff Accountant(415) 661-1316 ext 300

Learning & Engagement

Jessa Barzelay Director of Learning & Engagement (415) 661-1316 ext 427
Abbey Levantini Assistant Librarian (415) 661-1316 ext 403
Annette Huddle Director of Youth Education (415) 661-1316 ext 406
Brandy Kuhl Head Librarian (415) 661-1316 ext 403
Chloe Wieland Volunteer Services Manager. (415) 661-1316 ext 400
Dot Brown Library Assistant (415) 661-1316 ext 414
Gretchen Norrell Children's Garden Educator (415) 637-4373
Cathryn Taggart Learning and Engagement Coordinator (415) 661-1316 ext 404
Kendra Hauser Youth Education Program Manager (415) 661-1316 ext 407
Liza Kachko Interpretive Training Coordinator 415.661.1316 ext 438
Nichole Davis Lead Children's Garden Intern (415) 661-1316 ext 419

Marketing & Communications

Brendan LangeDirector of Visitor Experience & Marketing (415) 661-1316 ext 416
Nina SazevichPublicist(415) 752-2483

Plant Collections

Corey S. Barnes Associate Curator (415) 661-1316 ext 411
Diane GlaubNursery Assistant(415) 661-1316 ext 429
Don MahoneyCurator Emeritus(415) 661-1316 ext 429
Mark SklarCuratorial Assistant(415) 661-3089
Mona BourellPlant Collections Registrar(415) 661-1316 ext 405
Olivier ThériaultCuratorial Assistant(415) 661-1316 ext 405
Steve GenslerGIS Manager(415) 661-1316 ext 410

Visitor Experience

Brendan LangeDirector of Visitor Experience & Marketing (415) 661-1316 ext 416
Karla SchiemannVisitor Services Supervisor(415) 661-1316 ext 412
Alex OdgersVisitor Services Agent  
Angela Moore-EvansVisitor Services Agent  
Calum Craik Visitor Services Lead Agent  
Emily HustonVisitor Services Agent 
Eric NewportVisitor Services Agent 
Gary BrowdVisitor Services Agent  
Gloria Torres RiggsVisitor Services Agent  
Jane SneedVisitor Services Agent  
Krisa MooreVisitor Services Agent  
Marie Cerda Visitor Services Lead Agent 
Mary Torres Volken Visitor Services Agent  
Melissa GrubaughVisitor Services Agent  
Morgan Stickrod Visitor Services Lead Agent 
Robin ThomasVisitor Services Agent  
Tom KolbeckVisitor Services Lead Agent 
Will LivingstonVisitor Services Agent  
SFBG Manager Phone (415) 368-5007
Main Gate (415) 368-5406
North Gate (415) 368-6500

San Francisco Recreation and Parks


San Francisco Recreation and Parks Administration

Matthew StephensGarden Director(415) 317-9901
Bob Fiorello Chief Horticulturist (415) 917-6125
Jeanne RichNursery Specialist (415) 661-3090 ext. 429
Kern LeeCounty Fair Building Facility Coordinator(415) 831-5500 ext 3
Diane ReaSan Francisco Botanical Garden Facility Rental Coordinator(415) 831-5500


Diane Schaumleffel   
Dolores Gamez   
Gabriel Ortega   
Jason Martinez   
Owen O'Connor   
Patrick Quinn   
Shannon Sweeney   
Tyler Taunton   
SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $8 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

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