Mandy C. Santiago joins the Tyler team on May 6, 2019

Following an extensive search process, the Board of Trustees of John J. Tyler Arboretum is pleased to announce the appointment of Mandy C. Santiago to the position of Executive Director. Mandy will take the helm at Tyler on May 6, 2019.

Mandy Santiago is an accomplished nonprofit management and fundraising professional, deeply rooted in the Greater Philadelphia nonprofit community. She comes to Tyler from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she successfully cultivated and maintained partnerships with corporations and foundations, and spearheaded new community engagement initiatives. In previous roles, she recruited and managed high-performing teams, built her own successful nonprofit consulting business, and consistently exceeded financial goals.

A resident of Springfield, Delaware County, Ms. Santiago is a long-time member of the arboretum. Tyler Board President Heather Saunders says, “Mandy is a nature-lover, a good listener and a creative, strategic thinker. She’s ideally suited to lead Tyler’s dedicated professional staff and to expand our reach in the community. I couldn’t be more thrilled to work with her as our new Executive Director.”

Ms. Santiago joins the Tyler team as the arboretum celebrates its 75th anniversary as a public garden. “Tyler Arboretum has a stellar reputation as an educational and recreational resource in the community in addition to serving as a unique venue for weddings and special events, so I am truly honored to join the amazing team at Tyler at such an exciting time in the organization’s history. I am looking forward to collaborating with the board, staff, and volunteers as well as our neighbors, members and supporters – to inspire new audiences that will connect to and explore the natural world and ensure that Tyler is positioned for continued growth and success in the next 75 years.”

Mandy Santiago holds a bachelor’s degree in social work from Skidmore College, a master’s degree in social service from Bryn Mawr College, and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in forensic medicine. She is a member of numerous professional associations in and around Philadelphia. She serves as the President of the Zonta Club of Philadelphia and on the board of Women in Transition.

About Tyler Arboretum

The John J. Tyler Arboretum, near Media, PA, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest arboreta. The property’s history dates to an original purchase of land from William Penn in 1681. Visitors today can take in magnificent and rare trees, historic farm buildings, horticultural collections, and 17 miles of hiking trails. Beginning May 11, the Gateways to Nature exhibit will offer opportunities to see nature in different ways, through the eyes and work of 13 local and regional artists and organizations. For more information, visit www.tylerarboretum.org.

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