Idaho Botanical Garden Hires Erin Guerricabeitia as Executive Director

BOISE, ID – The Idaho Botanical Garden (IBG) today announced the hiring of Erin Guerricabeitia as the new IBG Executive Director. Guerricabeitia will be responsible for overseeing all of the Garden’s daily operations, member services, programming, events, and horticultural efforts. Guerricabeitia will also be charged with growing current and cultivating new sources of financial support for the Garden, acting as a liaison between Board and staff, and implementing the strategic and master plans for Garden programs and capital development.

Until now, Guerricabeitia has served as the Executive Director of the Boise Urban Garden School (BUGS) and the Foothills Learning Center under the City of Boise. Guerricabeitia has over ten years of experience in nonprofit management, including fundraising and budgeting, staff development, and strategic planning. Guerricabeitia is also an active community volunteer and is currently the President of Junior League of Boise.

“I am so pleased to welcome Erin on behalf of the Idaho Botanical Garden staff, board, and volunteers,” said Sonya Lenzi, President of the IBG Board of Directors. “We are excited to have someone with such a strong background in education and fundraising come to lead us at the Garden. We can only imagine the amazing directions in which we will grow.”

“I am pleased and I am grateful for the opportunity to work with the talented board, staff, and volunteers at this exceptional organization,” said incoming IBG Executive Director Erin Guerricabeitia. “The Idaho Botanical Garden has a rich history of providing outstanding garden experiences through botanical collections, educational programming, and a variety of cultural and community events. I look forward to helping the Garden grow.”

About the Idaho Botanical Garden: Founded in 1984 and located in Boise’s Old Penitentiary Historic District, the Idaho Botanical Garden seeks to enhance the human experience in the landscape, with a particular focus on plants native to or sustainable in the intermountain region of the Rocky Mountains. The Garden is dedicated to enhancing our community’s quality of life through fostering a love of nature and developing intellectual curiosity in people of all ages. The Garden provides enriching garden experiences through educational programs, botanical collections, a variety of entertainment, cultural, and community events. Each year, the Garden invites the community to a variety of events that highlight the Garden through music, art, and seasonal celebrations. The Garden, an independent, private, 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization, is located on 33 acres leased from the State of Idaho.