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1200 Forrest Park Dr.
Nashville, TN 37205
Organization Details

Executive Director

Executive Director Ms. Jane MacLeod
Term Start September 2010
Jane's Experience: Jane MacLeod brings more than 35 years of marketing, museum, and public garden experience to her role as President and CEO of Cheekwood. Since joining Cheekwood in 2010, Jane's vision has been instrumental in transforming the historic estate into one of the Southeast's premier art and garden destinations. She is leading The Cheekwood Campaign, the institution's first in nearly 20 years, which to date has raised over $29 million toward a $30 million goal to build endowment and capital reserves, address deferred restoration, and realize new income-generating opportunities. The Campaign has funded major renovations and enhancements to the Frist Learning Center, the Ann and Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail, and the Blevins Japanese Garden, along with the development of the new Bracken Foundation Children's Garden.

Under Jane's leadership, Cheekwood has set new records in admissions, membership, and contributions bringing blockbuster exhibitions and new seasonal festivals, including Cheekwood in Bloom and Holiday LIGHTS, and the 1930s historic refurnishing of the Cheekwood Mansion. Jane directed the creation of two, five-year Strategic Plans and a long-term Master Plan to advance Cheekwood as one of the finest American Country Place Era Estates in the nation. Under her leadership, the institution was fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, recognized as a nationally accredited Level II Arboretum, and earned three USA Today Top Ten Botanical Garden distinctions.

Jane received her MBA from Southern Methodist University and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BS in Journalism from Bowling Green State University. She is a past Board Member of the American Public Garden Association and current member of the International Women's Forum. She is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Nashville and was named the Nashville Business Journal's 2014 Woman of Influence Nonprofit Award winner and one of Nashville Post's Most Powerful Women in 2019.

Senior Staff

Name Title
Mr. Daniel Miller Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Elizabeth Sheets Chief Advancement Officer
Ms. Elizabeth Murdock Chief Operating Officer
Ms. Nathalie Lavine Vice President of Education & Outreach
Mrs. Penny Bruckse Vice President of Human Resources
Mr. Peter Grimaldi Vice President of Horticulture & Facilities
Mr. James Tottis Vice President of Museum Affairs


Full Time Staff 63
Part Time Staff 102
Volunteers 353
Contractors 2
Retention Rate 75%

Plans & Policies

Does your organization have a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Does your organization have a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
When was the Strategic Plan adopted? January 2017
Does your organization have a Management Succession Plan? No
Does your organization have a Policy and Procedure Plan? Yes
Does the organization have a Nondiscrimination Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Whistle Blower Policy? Yes
Does the organization have a Document Destruction Policy? Yes


Is there a formal evaluation for... Frequency (if applicable)
CEO/Executive Director Yes Annually
Senior Management Yes Annually
Non-Management Yes Annually


Affiliation Year
Alignment Nashville 2013
American Alliance of Museums 2000
American Horticultural Society 2020
American Public Gardens Association 2000
Americans for the Arts 2012
Association of Fundraising Professionals 1993
Blue Star Museums 2019
Center for Nonprofit Management 1992
Hands On Nashville 2009
Metro Nashville Arts Commission 1990
Metro Nashville Parks & Recreation 2019
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce 2000
Nashville Arts Coalition 2014
Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp 2000
Nashville Rotary Club 2001
National Endowment for the Arts 2015
National Endowment for the Humanities 2020
National Trust For Historic Preservation Leadership Forum 2014
Southeastern Museum Conference 2014
Tennesseans for the Arts 2000
Tennessee Art Education Association 2020
Tennessee Arts Commission 1997
Tennessee Association of Museums 2000
Tennessee Nursery & Landscape Association 2020
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council 2018

External Assessments and Accreditations

Assessment/Accreditation Year
American Alliance of Museums 2016
American Alliance of Museums 2001
Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program 2020
National Register of Historic Places 2000
Tennessee Association of Museums 2000
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council 2011


Award / Recognition Organization Year
Award of Excellence, 'International Playhouses Passport' Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Award of Excellence, 'Kensuke Yamada: Diving Through Clouds' Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Award of Excellence, 'Steve Tobin: Southern Roots' Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Commendation '' Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Commendation, 'First Thursday Nights in the Garden feat. New Dialect' Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
#1 Best Local Event/Festival, 'Holiday LIGHTS' Nashville Scene 2019
#1 Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners Nashville Scene 2019
#1 Best Outdoor Fun Nashville Scene 2019
#3 Best Cultural Center Nashville Scene 2019
Best Museum Nashville Parent 2019
Best Tourist Attraction Nashville Parent 2019
#6 Best Botanical Garden USA Today 2019
Best Art Happening, 'Chihuly at Cheekwood' Nashville Scene 2020
Best Outdoor Fun Nashville Scene 2020
Best Art Gallery Tennessean 2020
Best Seasonal Attraction Tennessean 2020
Best Museum Nashville Parent 2020
#2 Top Places to Take Kids Kids Out & About 2020
Award of Excellence, 'Artist-in-Residence: Hiroshi Sato' Tennessee Association of Museums 2021
Award of Commendation, 'En Plein Air' Tennessee Association of Museums 2021
Award of Excellence, 'Where Flowers (Virtually) Bloom' Marketing Campaign Tennessee Association of Museums 2021
Best Botanical Garden in Tennessee Travel Pulse 2021
Best Botanical Garden in the South Style Blueprint 2021
Hansell Marketing Award American Public Gardens Association 2021
Daniel Miller - CFO Award Honoree, Non-Profit/Institution Nashville Business Journal 2020
Jane MacLeod - Most Powerful Women Award Nashville Post 2019