Jennifer Tisthammer stepped in as the Deering Estate’s Director in 2014, serving as the Deputy Director since 2007 and Interim Executive Director of Deering Estate Foundation in 2006. Jennifer has more than 20 years of experience in senior and executive management, specializing in finance, operations, cultural and natural resource management, and nonprofit governance. During her tenure, she has worked alongside multiple state and federal agencies to steward the Deering Estate’s rich resources; has served as Project Manager for both the Phase 1 and Phase 2 archeological and geological surveys of the Estate; co-coordinated the working group for the 2013 State Management Plan; led the strategic vision and implementation plan for the Deering Estate transition to a cultural and ecological field station; and led the strategic vision and implementation plan for the restoration of the historic homes, museum enterprise, and collections management. Jennifer is a member of FIU’s College of Arts, Sciences, and Education Advisory Board and the Organization of Biological Field Stations. Jennifer received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies, was an American Association of Women scholarship recipient for Women in STEM, has Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation, Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance and Marketing, and is currently pursuing her PhD in Earth Systems Science and Policy.