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HBGF Names New Executive Director

Garden of Flowers
Tissot Named new ED of the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation

Susan Tissot

After what turned into an international search, the Humboldt Botanical Gardens Foundation (HBGF) board of directors has named Susan Tissot the new executive director for the HBGF. Tissot is leaving a similar position with the Clark County (Washington State) Historical Society to join HBGF. At the Clark County Historical Society, she has headed up a 10-year effort to revitalize museum programs, build community connections, raise funds for various projects and doubled the museum’s operating budget.

“We are extremely pleased to have Susan join our team to continue our work to create a world-class botanical garden here in Humboldt County,” said Evelyn Giddings, HBGF president. “We interviewed many excellent candidates and believe Susan will be the best fit for our organization — to take us to the next level.”

The Humboldt Botanical Garden, just north of the College of the Redwoods campus is considered a museum of plants. Tissot’s experience with a museum fits well with the HBGF goals. “We expect she will help us along our path to inspire, educate and grow our garden into a world-class botanical experience accessible to everyone in or near Humboldt County and Northwestern California,” Giddings said.

Tissot will join her husband Brian Tissot who is the director of Humboldt State University’s marine laboratory in Trinidad.

The Humboldt Botanical Garden is open to the public five days per week and is available to rent for special occasions.