2016-2017 Como Park Zoo and Conservatory

Project Details by Fiscal Year
2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Fund Source
Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund
Recipient Type
Non-Profit Business/Entity
Start Date
July 2015
End Date
June 2017
Project Overview

Como Park Zoo and Conservatory is one of the top visited cultural destinations in the state of Minnesota, with over 2 million visitors each year, because it’s free, interactive, welcoming, and accessible for families. Como Park Zoo and Conservatory celebrates diversity in many forms, across cultures, ethnicity, economics and generations and visitors come from all over the state.

Legal Citation / Subdivision
Minnesota Laws, 2015 1st Special Session, Chapter 2, Article 4, Section 2, Subd 6. (h)
Appropriation Language

$1,000,000 each year is for the Como Park Zoo for program development that features education programs and habitat enhancement, special exhibits, music appreciation programs, and historical garden access and preservation.

2016 Fiscal Year Funding Amount
Direct expenses
Administration costs
Recipient Board Members
Board of Directors: Diana Allen-Realtor Minnesota Home Ventures, Sheila Brown-Assistant Treasurer and Vice President Travelers, Arta Cheney-Community Volunteer, Jennifer Denys-Investment Counsel Advantus Capital Management, Scott Dongoske-President Winthrop & Weinstine PA, Anne Hazelroth Field-Anne Field Communications Consulting, Sherry Fonseth-Lais-Community Volunteer, Stephen Foss-Regional VP Xcel Energy, Laura Fries-Managing Director and Executive Vice President Baker Tilly, David Gabel-Finance Ecolab, Patrick Harris-SVP Govt Banking, BMO Harris Bank, Tom Hodnefield, Treasurer – CPA, Tautges Redpath, Ltd., Robert Hoke-Vice President Relationship Management Manager Wells Fargo, Jennifer Huelsmann-Executive Accenture, Bill Kaphing-Vice President Xcel Energy, Matt Kramer President Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Greg McNeely-Community Volunteer, Nicky Nagle-Community Volunteer, Joe Nayquonabe-Commissioner of Corporate Affairs Mille Lacs Band, Nancy Nelson-Chair – Consultant, The Nelson Group, Erik Ordway-Cushman & Wakefield / NorthMarq, Lynette Palmgren-Community Volunteer, Bill Parker-Executive Vice President, Chief Credit Officer, US Bancorp, Susan Roeder-Vice Chair – Director of Public Affairs, Andersen Corporate Foundation, Wendy Rubin-CEO, Wendy Rubin Ltd., Arvind Sharma-Manager, Enterprise Procurement, Ameriprise Financial, Daniel Stangler-Senior Marketing Manager, General Mills, Peter Thrane- Attorney, Leonard Street & Deinard Ex Officio: Mike Hahm-Director, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation, Michelle Furrer-Campus Manager, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, Jackie Sticha-President, Como Friends
Project Manager
First Name
Last Name
Organization Name
Como Park Zoo and Conservatory
Street Address
1225 Estabrook Drive
St. Paul
Zip Code
Administered By
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200 Administration Building
50 Sherburne Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55155