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Filoli Announces New Executive Director

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Filoli announces Kara Newport, one of the most respected public garden leaders in the country, as its new Executive Director.

Filoli's new E.D. Kara NewportKara Newport.

“On behalf of the Filoli Center Governing Board, I am delighted to announce the hire of Kara Newport as our new Executive Director,” said Donna Colson, Filoli’s Governing Board President. “Kara is a visionary leader with over two decades of experience in the non–profit sector including most recently serving ten years as the Executive Director of the Daniel Stowe Botanical Gardens in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to her horticulture experience, Kara brings to us a significant development and member services background having worked at The Franklin Institute, The Philadelphia Zoo, and Winterthur Museum, Garden and Library.”

“Kara presently serves, and will continue to serve, as Treasurer for the American Public Garden Association. She has chaired many of their important committees including Finance, Benchmarking, and National Conference Program Selection. She is a regular presenter and contributor to the organization focusing on key industry topics such as garden tourism, horticulture trends, event planning, and design," said Colson.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as the new Executive Director of Filoli; it is truly a national treasure.” said Kara Newport. “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with the talented team of staff, volunteers and Board members.”

Newport will begin her new role as Filoli’s Executive Director on September 1, 2016.

About Filoli



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History
Why is it called Filoli?

This question and many more answered in our History section.

Designed between 1915 – 1917 and set against the dramatic backdrop of the northern Santa Cruz mountains in Woodside, California, Filoli is an excellent example of the Golden Age of American garden design and country house architecture.

Filoli House across hay fieldFiloli House across hay field.

Opened to the public in 1976 as a site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Filoli features a 36,000 sq. ft. home and a 16–acre English Renaissance Garden. In addition, Filoli's property includes a 6.8 acre Gentlemen’s Heritage Orchard and a trail system that transverses five different ecosystems for docent–guided nature hikes and visits to the Sally MacBride Nature Center. Filoli is recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century and is a cherished resource for the community valuing education, volunteerism and diversity.

Organization

Filoli is a charitable 501 (c) (3) non–profit organization whose operations are managed by the Filoli Governing Board. A paid staff of approximately 60 individuals (many on a part–time basis) and volunteer ranks that exceed 1,200 are responsible for a wide range of day–to–day activities including horticulture, botanical arts, nature education, programming, membership, ticketing, maintenance, preservation, special event planning and execution, food service and retail.

Filoli Mission Statement

Filoli is dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and stewardship of the cultural traditions and natural history of this country estate for public education and enjoyment.

Filoli 2016 Governing Board:

  Donna Colson, President Heidi Brown, Vice President
 Carolyn Daley, Treasurer Terry Negendank, Secretary
 Toni Barrack Carol Moran
 Denise Bates Ron Peyton
 David Buergler Thomas Rohlen
 Carol Croce Larry Schwab
 Jeff Deaton Barbara Seipp
 Patrick Gilligan Nancy Shannon
 Lennie Gotcher Christian Smith, Esq.
 Jackie Hasenstab Kathy Trafton
 Jacque Jarve Diane Wasson
 Gloria Malouf Mary White
 Donna Mollenhauer David Wollenberg

Filoli Speakers’ Bureau

Would your club or organization enjoy a 30–minute presentation about Filoli? If so, a representative from Filoli will deliver a lovely visual presentation telling the Filoli story. Learn about the history, landscape, programs and volunteer opportunities associated with this beloved Woodside estate nestled in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Please contact the administration office by email at marketing@filoli.org or by phone at (650) 364–8300, extension 216 to see if a Filoli speaker can present to your organization.

Filoli and the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Chartered by U.S. Congress in 1949, the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a non–profit, private organization whose mission is to “protect the irreplaceable that tells America’s story.” The Trust offers a wide variety of services and resources to the public and its members. For example, the Trust provides financial assistance to restore historic buildings and homes in local communities around the U.S. On Capital Hill, the Trust advocates for public policies that benefit historic places. On the local level, the organization supports local grass roots efforts to preserve historic resources.

The National Trust’s 29 Historic Sites serve more than 800,000 visitors each year. The most recent addition to the portfolio is Philip Johnson’s Glass House in New Canaan, Connecticut. Thanks to the generosity of the Roth family, Filoli became an Historic Site in 1979. Filoli, like all sites, is a beneficiary of the National Trust’s many services including support in the areas of funding, leadership and organizational development, governance, educational opportunities and preservation practices.