Minnesota Zoo Media Contact

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Communication and Media Specialist
Minnesota Zoo
13000 Zoo Boulevard
Apple Valley, MN 55124
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Apple Valley, MN – February 6, 2020 – The Minnesota Zoo is pleased to announce the hiring of Amy Ritter Cowen to the role of Chief Strategy and Engagement Officer. In this position, Cowen will oversee the Minnesota Zoo’s communication, special events, membership, and sales teams, and will lead efforts to advance the Zoo’s brand and grow annual attendance.

Cowen brings with her more than 25 years of non-profit marketing, communication, and strategic planning expertise. Cowen’s tenure includes leadership positions at Chicago’s John G. Shedd Aquarium, Navy Pier, and the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Cowen relocated to the Twin Cities this summer and has been most recently working as a senior consultant for Public Communications Inc.

“I am excited to add such an experienced industry expert to our leadership team,” says Minnesota Zoo Director and President John Frawley. “Minnesota has a world-class zoo that is committed to connecting people, animals, and the natural world to save wildlife. Amy will help us engage audiences and invite new communities to be part of the Zoo’s mission to save wildlife,” states Frawley.

Cowen begins her new role at the Zoo this week.

The Minnesota Zoo is a year-round destination located in Apple Valley, just minutes south of Mall of America. The Zoo’s mission is to connect people, animals and the natural world to save wildlife. For more information, call 952.431.9500 or visit mnzoo.org. The Minnesota Zoo is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and an institutional member of the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA).