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Disney Executive Jackie Ogden, Ph.D. Sworn-In as Chair of the Board at Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Kansas City, MO – The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is celebrating the swearing-in of Jackie Ogden, Ph.D., Walt Disney Parks and Resorts vice president of Animals, Science and Environment, as the new Chair of the AZA Board of Directors.

“Dr. Jackie Ogden’s strong leadership and extensive experience will be tremendously beneficial to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and to all AZA-accredited institutions,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy. “We are grateful that Disney has been such a supportive member of the Association, especially in making such an accomplished executive and scientist available to lead the AZA Board of Directors.”

Dr. Ogden will serve on the AZA Board of Directors as one of its four officers, each of whom also serves on the board’s executive committee.As Chair of the Board, Ogden will be involved in every aspect of the national organization, including accreditation, ethics, animal welfare, and conservation.

"I am honored to support the AZA and accredited zoos and aquariums, who are united in a mission to save species--both animals in our care and in the wild--and engage people to join us in this effort,” said Dr.Ogden.Dr. 

Ogden’s Disney career began in 1997, and she currently oversees the team of professionals who are responsible for inspiring millions of Disney guests, employees and business partners to conserve wildlife and the environment. Her scope includes animal care, health, education and science at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge, The Seas with Nemo & Friends at Epcot, the Tri-Circle D Ranch, Castaway Cay, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa in Hawaii. She also leads the Agricultural and Water Sciences team and Environmental Integration and has responsibility for animal operations and environmental sustainability across Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.

Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. To learn more visit

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