From AHS: After extensive national research, the American Horticultural Society (AHS) is pleased to announce the selection of Beth Tuttle as the next President and CEO. Tuttle, who will officially join AHS on October 30, brings to the role more than 25 years of experience as a nonprofit leader, organizational consultant and brand strategist.
“Beth has exceptional leadership experience through her work in cultural, educational and advocacy organizations, as well as a personal passion for gardening and the natural world, so we are delighted to have her with us,” said Amy Bolton, chair of the AHS Board of Directors. “It comes at a pivotal time for this organization, as our mission to get more Americans to actively embrace their connection to plants and the environment is increasingly important to human and planetary health.”
Tuttle is currently President and CEO of DataArts, a respected national resource for in-depth data on the finances and operations of nonprofit cultural organizations. Prior to joining DataArts in 2013, she was Managing Director of METStrategies, LLC, which provides strategic consulting, planning and branding services to cultural, philanthropic and social organizations. A well-known thought leader in the museum and culture sector, Tuttle is co-author of Magnetic: The Art and Science of Engagement (AAM Press, 2013), a successful study on the practices of successful museums. She was deputy director and head of external relations and planning for the Hirshhorn Museum and the Smithsonian Sculpture Garden, and senior vice president of communications for the Freedom Forum and Newseum. In advocacy, Tuttle has worked with America’s Promise Alliance, which is dedicated to helping young people succeed.
“I am passionate about gardening and I am dedicated to promoting horticultural education and knowledge about the beneficial relationships between plants, the planet and humans,” says Tuttle. “I believe in the essential role gardeners of all ages and from all walks of life play in creating healthy, livable communities and I am delighted to have this opportunity to advance their efforts with the rich horticultural resources and solid scientific information that have been the hallmark of the AHS. “
A graduate of Brown University, Tuttle is a certified volunteer master gardener who helped establish the community and school garden at George Washington Middle School in Alexandria, Virginia. Becoming the 33rd President in AHS ’95-year history, she succeeds Holly H. Shimizu, who served as Acting Executive Director during the national research process following the departure of former Executive Director Tom Underwood in February.
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