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Nashville, TN 37205
Organization Details

Executive Director


Executive Director Ms. Jane MacLeod
E-mail jmacleod@cheekwood.org
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, Education & Outreach
Mrs. Penny Bruckse Vice President, Human Resources
Mr. Peter Grimaldi Vice President, Gardens & Facilities
Mr. James Tottis Vice President, Museum Affairs

Staff

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

Evaluation

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

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) 1993
Alignment Nashville 2013
American Association of Museums 2000
American Association of Museums - Member 2001
American Public Gardens Association 2000
Americans for the Arts 2012
Center for Nonprofit Management Excellence Network 1992
Community Resource Center - Nashville 1998
Hands On Network 2009
Inter-Museum Council of Nashville 2021
Metro Arts Commission 1990
Nashville Arts Coalition 2014
Nashville Chamber of Commerce 2000
Nashville Rotary Club 2001
National Committee on Planned Giving 2005
National Endowment for the Arts 2015
National Endowment for the Humanities 2020
National Trust For Historic Preservation 2014
PENCIL 2007
Planned Giving Council of Nashville 2005
Society for Human Resource Management 2008
Southeastern Museum Conference 2014
Tennesseans for the Arts 2000
Tennessee Arts Commission 1997
Tennessee Association of Museums 2000
Tennessee Urban Forestry Council 2018

External Assessments and Accreditations

Assessment/Accreditation Year
American Association of Museums 2016
American Association of Museums 2001
National Register of Historic Places - Listed Property 2000
Tennessee Association of Museums 2000
The Arbnet Arboretum Accreditation Program 2020

Awards


Award / Recognition Organization Year
#1 Best Place for a Wedding Reception Nashville Scene 2014
#1 Best Place for a Wedding Reception Nashville Scene 2015
#1 Best Place for a Wedding Reception Nashville Scene 2011
#1 Best Place for a Wedding Reception Nashville Scene 2010
#1 Best Place for A Wedding Reception Nashville Scene 2016
#1 Saturday Kid's Event Nashville Parent Magazine 2007
#2 Best Art Gallery Tennessean 'Toast of Music City' 2015
#3 Best Museum Nashville Scene 2014
#3 Best Museum Nashville Scene 2015
#3 Best Museum Nashville Scene 2016
#3 Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners Nashville Scene 2014
#3 Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners Nashville Scene 2015
#3 Best Place to Take Out-Of-Towners Nashville Scene 2016
#6 Public Garden USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice 2014
#9 Public Garden USA Today 10Best Readers' Choice 2016
2008 Fodor?s Choice selection Fodor's Travel 2008
4 Separate Awards for Publications Tennessee Association of Museums 2009
Accreditation American Alliance of Museums 2016
ADDY/Visions of the American West Gala Invitation American Advertising Federation - Nashville 2012
Award of Excellence 'Chihuly at Cheekwood! Teacher Guide,' Education Materials Tennessee Association of Museums 2010
Award of Excellence, '50th Anniversary Car Decal,' Marketing Tenessee Association of Museums 2009
Award of Excellence, 'Bringing Art Out of the Woods' Volunteerism Tennessee Association of Museums 2014
Award of Excellence, 'Catalog: Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape,' Publication Book/Catalog Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Award of Excellence, 'Charles Brindley: Trees of Myth and Legend,' Temporary Exhibition Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Award of Excellence, 'Chihuly at Cheekwood' Programming - Blockbuster Tennessee Association of Museums 2010
Award of Excellence, 'International Playhouses Passport,' Publication Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Award of Excellence, 'Kensuke Yamada: Diving Through Clouds' Audio-Visual Film Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Award of Excellence, Publications Tennessee Association of Museums 2008
Award of Excellence, 'Soo Sunny Park: Silver Linings Installation' Audio-Visual Film Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Award of Excellence, 'Spanish Nights,' Educational Programming Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Award of Excellence, 'Steve Tobin: Southern Roots,' Exhibit: Temporary Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Award of Excellence, 'Tales & Tunes,' Programming Tennessee Association of Museums 2008
Best Exhibit Made Permanent/ Trains! at Cheekwood Nashville Scene 2013
Best Family Membership Value Nashville Scene 2007
Best of Show - Chihuly at Cheekwood Nashville Chapter of the American Marketing Association 2011
Best Place to Read Nashville Scene 2015
Best Wow Factor Excursion / LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood Nashville Scene 2013
Blockbuster Exhibition Award of Excellence/ LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood Tennessee Association of Museums 2013
Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor 2012
Commendation 'Cheekwood.org' Web Site Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Commendation, 'First Thursday Nights in the Garden feat. New Dialect,' Educational Programming Tennessee Association of Museums 2017
Commendation, 'Inspire Newsletter: Fall 2015,' Publication: Newsletter Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Commendation, 'Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape Gallery Guide,' Publication Gallery Guide Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Commendation, 'Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape,' Blockbuster Exhibition Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Commendation, 'Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape,' Traveling Exhibition Tennessee Association of Museums 2016
Commendation, 'Pop-Up Gallery' Educational Programming Tennessee Association of Museums 2014
Commendation, 'Summertime at Cheekwood' Poster Publication Tennessee Association of Museums 2014
Commendation, 'Summertime at Cheekwood' Poster Publication Tennessee Association of Museums 2015
Finalist, Diversified Trust New Generations Award Center for Non-Profit Management 2014
Flat Paper - VIP Gala Invitation for Visions of the American West Tennessee Association of Museums 2012
Flat Paper/ LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood Invitation Tennessee Association of Museums 2013
Frist Foundation Revenue Development Award - Finalist Center for Nonprofit Management 2016
Gallery Guide - Visions of the American West Tennessee Association of Museums 2012
Gold/Special Promotion Marketing Southeastern Museum Conference 2008
Honorable Mention for Faberge Invitation American Association of Museums 2008
Honorable Mention for quarterly newsletter, Inspire American Association of Museums 2008
Level 4 Arboretum Certification Tennessee Urban Forestry 2011
Reader's Choice Top Ten Public Garden Southern Living Magazine 2008
Salute to Excellence finalist Center for Nonprofit Management 2008
Salute to Excellence finalist Center for Nonprofit Management 2007
Silver/LIGHT: Bruce Munro at Cheekwood Invitation Southeastern Museums Conference 2013
Suntrust CFO of the Year Award Nomination - Cassie Fahrney Center for Nonprofit Management - Salute to Excellence 2017
Temporary Contemporary grant Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts 2005
Top Ten Most Visited Nashville Attractions Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau 2005
Visions of the American West: Masterworks from the Buffalo Bill Historic Center Tennessee Association of Museums 2012
Volunteer Hosts - the Engine of Exhibit's Success Tennessee Association of Museums 2012
#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
6th Best Botanical Garden in the U.S. USA Today 2019
Best Art Happening, 'Chihuly at Cheekwood' Nashville Scene 2020
Best Outdoor Fun Nashville Scene 2020
Best Wedding Venue Nashville Scene 2020