DHR completes searches for CEO and CDO of the Denver Zoological Foundation

Jan 23, 2014

DENVER, Co. - Global executive search firm DHR International is pleased to announce the successful placement of Shannon Block as President/CEO and Christopher Harvey as Chief Development Officer of the Denver Zoological Foundation. Block was selected by the Denver Zoological Foundation Board of Trustees and has several years of experience as a C-Level executive. Harvey was selected by members of the Board of Trustees and Denver Zoological Foundation staff. He brings extensive fundraising and public outreach experience and a passion for conservation.

The searches were led by Executive Vice President Mary Lee Montague. Montague has been successfully placing C- suite executives with DHR for over 15 years. Montague is passionate about working with mission-driven organizations which has led to her focusing her consulting expertise exclusively in the not-for-profit social sector.

“Shannon was our selection committee’s unanimous choice for CEO. Her global experience and progressive business roles combined with her passion, energy and innovative attitude made her the ideal candidate,” says Denver Zoological Foundation Board President Denny O’Malley.

Block most recently served as CEO of the largest and most comprehensive provider of cancer care in Colorado, Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers. Prior to joining Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers, she was Chief Business Development Officer at Denver Health Hospital Authority where she played a key role in the strategic management of a 500-bed hospital. Block earned a Master of Sciences degree in Physics from Tufts University and a Bachelors of Science degree in applied mathematics and physics from The George Washington University.

Harvey brings his forward-thinking fundraising and conservation experience to the Denver Zoo. He most recently served as Vice President of Development at Livewell Colorado, a Denver-based organization that promotes policy, lifestyle and environmental changes to decrease obesity in Colorado. At Livewell, Harvey led his team to solicit $21 million from two separate foundations. Previously, he served as Director of Individual Philanthropy at the National Wildlife Federation in Virginia, where he and his team raised over $23 million over two years. Harvey graduated with a Bachelors of Science in Family Studies from the University of Maryland.

Denver Zoo is home to 4,000 animals representing more than 600 species and is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA accreditation assures the highest standards of animal care. A leader in environmental action, Denver Zoo is dedicated to ensuring the safety of the environment in support of all species and is the first U.S. zoo to receive ISO 14001 certification for the entire facility and operations. This international certification ensures the zoo is attaining the highest environmental standards.