DAVID IMBROGNO, NATURALIST, PHOTOGRAPHER, ARTIST, POET AND FOUNDER OF THE DRAGONFLY GROUP
Dave is a well-qualified nonprofit professional with over 25 years of experience in conceiving, developing and executing institutional advancement and change. He has led strategic transformation in a large museum complex with an associated 12,000 acre natural area, a 14,000 acre research forest and arboretum, a Children’s Museum, as well as in a Regional Park setting which included 7 parks and preserves, a botanic garden, and various historic structures and museums.
Dave has managed, motivated and coached staffs ranging in number from five to over 100, and balanced budgets from less than one to twelve million dollars.
His background includes extensive strategic and master planning. He has led two very successful capital campaigns, worked on both a metro parks and museum tax levy and managed all aspects of non-profit science, nature and land based institutions including education and events, research, natural areas management, horticulture, park police as well as facilities and operations.
Dave has published and exhibited his photographs, mixed media art and is a spoken word performer.
He has the experience, capabilities and, judgement to take an organization to its next level of success and, to resolve any internal or external impediments to its ability to grow and prosper. He believes in a business-like, mission-driven, staff and visitor-centered approach to non-profit management.
He does not come to an institution with an agenda or preconceived idea of what it should be. His goal is to work with the board, staff and community to determine what is best for that institution then, adapt his skills to the institution rather than the institution to his skills.
PRIOR TO FOUNDING THE DRAGONFLY GROUP, DAVID SERVED THE FOLLOWING ORGANIZATIONS
Mill Creek MetroParks – Executive director · 2007 to 2010 · Youngstown, OhioSeven parks and nature preserves, a botanic garden, historic 1800’s mill, two golf courses, recreational facilities and more. www.MillCreekMetroParks.org
Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest – Executive Director · 1995 to 2006 · Clermont, Kentucky14,000 acre nationally recognized botanic garden and natural area with innovative outdoor exhibits, a canopy tree walk, LEED Platinum visitor center, research facilities, an arts program and more. www.Bernheim.org
Cincinnati Museum Center – Vice President for Education, Programs and Preserves · 1983 to 1994 · Cincinnati, OhioHoused in an historic art deco railway station with 11 acres under roof, it features interactive exhibits, a children’s museum, Omnimax theater, extensive collections and, the nearby biologically significant 12,000 acre Edge of Appalachia Preserve System. www.CincyMuseum.org
Great Parks of Hamilton County – Assistant Chief Naturalist · 1973 to 1982 · Cincinnati, OhioStarted in the boat house as a teen. Then became naturalist and eventually Assistant Chief Naturalist, as the district grew from 4 to 14 parks, school and public programming grew significantly and we created a natural areas management program that has become a model nationwide. www.GreatParks.org .