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Sonoma Botanical Garden expands leadership

Sonoma Botanical Garden expands leadership

Kate Rabuck promoted to new Director of Visitor Experience position

By Melissa Dowling

Sonoma Botanical Garden (SBG) announced that Kate Rabuck has been promoted to director of visitor experience, a new position at SBG designed to make the garden relevant, accessible, and engaging for all guests. Rabuck joined the SBG team in October 2020 as the curator of education and exhibitions and has been an integral part of the many improvements SBG has made over the last year.

“We are thrilled to welcome Kate Rabuck to an expanded leadership role at the garden,” said SBG Executive Director Scot Medbury. “Her deep commitment to public gardens is palpable, and in this new position she will have the opportunity to substantially integrate and strengthen visitor engagement here. She joins a senior team of professionals with substantial professional backgrounds in leading American gardens and museums, and we look forward to working with Kate to advance our mission to connect individuals of all ages and backgrounds to science and the natural world.” Rabuck has a masters in Free Choice Learning Science Education from Oregon State University and has championed conservation education, environmental interpretation, and quality visitor experiences in nonprofits like SBG throughout her career.

“The garden is full of potential,” said Rabuck. “From its team of passionate individuals to the beautiful and unique living collections, the garden has a wonderful foundation for greater impact. I am excited to bring my skills and experience to the work of enhancing this foundation and creating an excellent visitor experience.”