New Executive Director Arriving at Roger Williams Park Zoo

New Executive Director Arriving at Roger Williams Park Zoo

Dr. Jeremy Goodman takes charge on Monday, July 1


PROVIDENCE, RI—Jeremy Goodman, DVM will take over as the new executive director of the Roger Williams Park Zoo on Monday, July 1. He brings to his new position 15 years of experience as a zoo veterinarian, assistant director and director, most recently at Turtle Back Zoo in West Orange, New Jersey. Goodman also will serve as executive director of the Rhode Island Zoological Society, the nonprofit organization that supports and manages the Zoo, which is owned by the City of Providence.


Under Goodman’s direction, Turtle Back Zoo transformed from a small non-accredited county zoo into an accredited premier state attraction. This position in Providence presents an exciting new challenge to lead a highly regarded and historic property, one with the added benefit of keeping him in the northeast near the rest of his family.


Goodman has made a number of visits to the Zoo in the past several weeks, and anticipates several months of continued assessment. One of his major focus areas will be identifying ways to improve on the guest experience while continuing to offer a fascinating animal collection and exceptional education and conservation programs. “I look forward to immersing myself in the community as quickly as possible,” says Goodman. “I want to meet regularly with community members to hear about the positives at the Zoo as well as the negatives, so that we can strive to make this wonderful Zoo an even better destination.” Goodman’s vision is to elevate Roger Williams Park Zoo to the level of the top zoos in the country.


Goodman’s wife and three children will join him in their new home in Providence before the start of the new school year.


Roger Williams Park Zoo, one of the oldest in the nation, is Rhode Island’s number one
outdoor family and tourist attraction and is also a leader in conservation efforts undertaken
by a zoo of its size. The Zoo has received numerous awards for environmental education,
and conservation work done locally and around the world, caring for species that
without human intervention would face certain extinction.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.