Zoo News

Zoo News

Jul 17, 2012

Nancy Saustad has been appointed vice president of development for the Dallas Zoological Society (DZS).  She will serve as the administrative officer for the development department of DZS, managing the day-to-day activities, including annual giving, capital campaign and special fund-raising events, as well as overseeing a staff of six. 

A seasoned development executive, Saustad brings 25 years of fundraising experience to this newly created position, most recently as director of development for DZS.  Since joining the staff in 2010, she has met or exceeded fundraising goals for the Society.  Prior to her position with DZS, Saustad served as a fundraising consultant procuring major gifts, writing grants and directing special events for Dallas-based non-profits including Child and Family Guidance Center, Dallas Film Society, Phoenix House and DZS.  Her experience also includes 10 years in communications and public relations work in the hospitality and non-profit arenas.  

Actively involved in the business and civic community, Saustad is a member of the Crystal Charity Ball underwriting and foundation committees where she was responsible for procuring more than $1m in grants in four years.  She also has served as president of the Episcopal School of Dallas parents association and as a board member of Child and Family Guidance Center, The Arts Community Alliance (TACA), Genesis Women’s Shelter, Ronald McDonald House of Dallas and the Junior League of Dallas. 

“Ever since we privatized the management of the Dallas Zoo in late 2009, private support has been more important than ever to our Zoo’s ongoing maintenance and improvement,” said Michael Meadows, president and CEO of Dallas Zoological Society.  “Nancy has a proven track record of success here.  She played an important role in helping ensure that our Zoo had the private financial support it needed to successfully transition to private management and open new exhibits such as Giants of the Savanna and Koala Walkabout.   We look forward to her playing an even greater leadership role in our Zoo’s next phase of growth and development.”

A Dallas native, Saustad earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Southern Methodist University. She makes her home in Dallas with her husband and three children.