As executive director of the Lincoln Parks Foundation, Maggie Stuckey-Ross has helped raise millions of dollars for the city’s parks, pools, playgrounds, golf courses and trails.
Soon she will start watching how to spend it.
Mayor Leirion Gaylor Baird on Tuesday named Stuckey-Ross the next director of the Lincoln Parks and Recreation Department. She replaces 22-year-old director Lynn Johnson, who announced her retirement last month.
“She is a proven leader and team builder and has the knowledge and talent to build on the sites, services and programs that Lynn has developed with such care and skill,” said Gaylor Baird. in a press release.
Since joining the Parks Foundation in 2017, Stuckey-Ross has helped grow his endowment from $9.5 million to nearly $17.3 million, according to the statement.
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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate previously served as Director of Foundation Relations for the University of Nebraska Foundation and Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Arbor Day Foundation.
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“I am proud to follow in the footsteps of my mentor and friend, Lynn Johnson, from whom I learned the true meaning of servant leadership,” she said in the statement.
She begins her new job on June 2, overseeing the department’s 133 parks, 134 miles of trails, 92 playgrounds, 80,000 street trees, nine public swimming pools, six recreation centers, five golf courses, four dog courses. and a nature center.
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