Jane O. MacLeod, President and CEO of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens
Jane O. MacLeod brings more than 30 years of marketing, museum and public garden experience to her role as President and CEO of Cheekwood Estate & Gardens in Nashville, Tennessee. Since joining the nonprofit organization in 2010, Jane’s leadership and vision have been instrumental in transforming the historic estate into one of the Southeast’s premier art and garden destinations. She is leading The Cheekwood Campaign, the institution’s first in nearly 20 years, which to date has raised $28 million toward a $30 million goal, increasing Cheekwood’s endowment from $2 million in 2010 to $13 million and securing funds to create the new Bracken Foundation Children’s Garden as well as multi-million dollar renovations of the Frist Learning Center and the Ann & Monroe Carell Jr. Family Sculpture Trail.
Under Jane’s leadership, Cheekwood has more than doubled its annual operations, growing annual revenue six-fold and setting new records in donor support and membership. During her tenure, the institution has developed year-round seasonal festivals including Cheekwood in Bloom, Cheekwood Harvest, Holiday LIGHTS, and Orchids in the Mansion, securing three USA Today Top Ten Botanical Garden designations. Under her direction, Cheekwood was accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and hosted numerous blockbuster exhibitions including Bruce Munro: Light (2013), Jaume Plensa: Human Landscape (2015), Dressing Downton™):Changing Fashion for Changing Times (2017); and the upcoming Chihuly at Cheekwood (2020). Jane also directed the creation of two, five-year Strategic Plans and a long-term Master Plan to advance the historic institution as one of the finest American Country Place Era Estates in the nation.
Under her management, the institution refurnished the Cheekwood Mansion in 2017 to create period rooms reflecting the 930s lifestyle and continues to bring the historical origins of the institution to the forefront of visitor experiences.
Jane previously served in leadership roles at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas, as well as the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. She is a past Trustee of the American Public Garden Association, where she chaired the Marketing Committee. She received her Master’s in Business Administration from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. Jane is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Nashville and was named the Nashville Business Journal’s 2014 Woman of Influence Nonprofit Award winner and honored by Nashville Post as one of Nashville’s Most Powerful Women in 2019.