Executive Director Jeremy Goodman Leaving Roger Williams Park Zoo

Executive Director Jeremy Goodman Leaving Roger Williams Park Zoo

Thursday, August 19, 2021
The Roger Williams Park Zoo announced today that Dr. Jeremy Goodman will be leaving his position as Executive Director next month to join the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium as their next President & CEO.

Prior to working at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Goodman also worked at Turtle Back Zoo in New Jersey and the Indiana Potawatomi Zoo.

“It has been a great privilege working alongside the board and staff of Roger Williams Park Zoo for the past eight years.  I am incredibly proud to have led the organization to financial stability, and animal and educational programming excellence,” said Goodman.

“We will miss Jeremy’s capable leadership talents, but we congratulate him on his new position,” said Patrick LeBeau, Chairman of the Zoo’s Board of Trustees. “Jeremy leaves us with an impressive legacy on which we will continue to build.  He will be greatly missed.  With the depth of the zoo’s senior staff, the support of the board of trustees and the Rhode Island community, Roger Williams Park Zoo will continue to thrive in the years to come. Jeremy’s leadership during the past year and a half of COVID has been exceptional and he leaves the Zoo in a secure financial position.”

Since joining the Zoo in 2013, Goodman has presided over a substantial period of growth at the zoo with nearly $27 million in capital approvements including the new Rainforest exhibit which opened in 2018, a commissary building, new veterinary quarantine building and the Alex & Ani Farmyard.  Additionally, Goodman developed a new Zoo Master Plan, emphasizing the Zoo's continuing efforts to exemplify best practices in animal care, conservation, environmental education, and visitor experience for years to come.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision for me as I truly love the Zoo and I have the deepest respect and admiration for everyone who works here and makes it the great place that it is. We’ve had an extremely successful trajectory over the past several years, including the past 18 months dealing with COVID; thanks to the dedication and hard work of the entire team, I am confident that Roger Williams Park Zoo will continue to thrive as it enters its 150th year in the Rhode Island community in 2022.

LeBeau announced that the zoo will begin a national search process for the next Executive Director.


Roger Williams Park Zoo is Rhode Island’s number one outdoor family and tourist attraction, and a leader in conservation efforts undertaken by a zoo of its size. As leaders in conservation and animal care – we create engaging experiences that empower guests to join us in conserving wildlife and wild places.  Roger Williams Park Zoo is supported and managed by the Rhode Island Zoological Society and is owned by the City of Providence.