Press Release: 05/30/2013
Oakland Zoo Appoints New CFO
|Nicky Mora, Senior Marketing Manager/PR|
|(510) 632-9525 ext. 130|
Oakland Zoo is excited to announce the promotion of Nik Dehejia, Director, Strategic Initiatives to Chief Financial Officer.
Nik Dehejia joined Oakland Zoo in the fall of 2006 as Director, Strategic Initiatives. He has led planning of the Zoo’s transformational California Trail, a three-stage, multi-million dollar project that includes a new Veterinary Hospital (opened in 2012), a Biodiversity Center opening this summer, and the California Trail scheduled to open in 2016. Additionally, Nik has managed community engagement and cultivated relationships with the Zoo’s varied stakeholders. Dr. Joel Parrott, President and CEO, of Oakland Zoo says, “Through his guidance and leadership, including his engagement in the community, Nik continues to be an important ambassador for the Zoo and to the communities we serve in supporting our mission of inspiring respect and stewardship of the natural world.”
Nik started his career in international and environmental public policy at the World Resources Institute and the World Bank and in corporate responsibility at Business for Social Responsibility in San Francisco. He later held responsibilities for licensing and merchandising at Levi Strauss & Co. Nik holds an M.B.A. from UC Berkeley, is a 15-year resident of the Bay Area, and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Heyday, an independent, non-profit California-focused publisher.
In his new position as Chief Financial Officer, Nik will direct institution-wide financial functions with a focus on accounting, planning and information technology. He will be responsible for evaluating, directing, implementing and communicating approved plans, as well as managing the Zoo’s strategic and operating plans/budgets. He will continue to serve as a government and community liaison. ###
ABOUT OAKLAND ZOO:
The Bay Area's award-winning Oakland Zoo is home to more than 660 native and exotic animals. The Zoo offers many educational programs and kid's activities perfect for science field trips, family day trips and exciting birthday parties. Nestled in the Oakland Hills, in 500-acre Knowland Park, the Zoo is located at 9777 Golf Links Road, off Highway 580. The East Bay Zoological Society (Oakland Zoo) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization supported in part by members, contributions, the City of Oakland and the East Bay Regional Parks.