Jill Barry: Chief Executive Officer

Jill Barry

Houston, TX – Jill Barry has joined the Houston Botanic Garden (HBG) as Chief Executive Officer. She brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership roles at museums and gardens throughout the country where she played an integral role in expansion projects that dramatically enhanced the visitor experience.

Previously, Barry was Executive Director of Morven Museum & Garden where she helped lead Morven through a transformational period including overseeing the construction of the Stockton Education Center, the reimagining of the first floor galleries with a more robust and inclusive narrative, and a successful navigation of Morven through the pandemic.

She has also served as Deputy Director of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts (AL); Director of External Affairs at the Naples Botanical Garden (FL); and Director of Development at both The Walters Art Museum (MD) and the Cincinnati Art Museum.

In 2020, the Houston Botanic Garden (HBG) opened to the public as one of the newest and most significant botanic gardens in the world. With a diversity of programs and events, it attracts visitors from across the 4th largest U.S. city and across the country to discover the richness and importance of plants, gardens and the natural world.

The HBG property, which spans Sims Bayou, is a prime example of the Houston Gulf Coast region, which is one of the most ecologically diverse major urban areas in the country. The site of the Garden consists of two main areas: The Island, created by the original bayou meander and a new Sims Bayou channel, and the South Gardens. For more information, visit https://hbg.org/