Renee Alvarado Porter Named Chief Operating Officer of Myriad Botanical Gardens
Since Myriad Botanical Gardens reopened after an extensive renovation in 2011, it has experienced tremendous growth in its visitorship, special events, educational programs, rentals, Crystal Bridge visitation, and community collaborations. In addition, Myriad Gardens Foundation, the 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization that manages and operates the Gardens, was asked by the City of Oklahoma City to take on the management and operations of the new 70-acre Scissortail Park in 2015. Due to this growth and expansion of responsibilities, Myriad Gardens Foundation has created a new Chief Operating Officer position and is delighted that Renee Alvarado Porter has accepted this position.
“Our priority at the Gardens is to continually improve and enhance our gardens, grounds, facilities, educational programs, and community events so Myriad Botanical Gardens is one of Oklahoma City’s cultural destinations for all to enjoy year-round,” said Maureen Heffernan, CEO and president of Park Management Company which oversees the management of Myriad Gardens Foundation and Scissortail Park Foundation. “I am excited to have someone of Renee’s caliber and background join our organization during this time of growth at the Gardens and as we launch and manage Scissortail Park.”
She brings impressive experience to this role where she will focus on overseeing the daily operations of the Gardens. Prior to joining the Gardens, Porter served as president of Cristo Rey Oklahoma City Catholic High School, a private college preparatory high school for economically disadvantaged students. She also was CEO and co-founder of Scissortail Community Development Corporation, a 501(c) (3) nonprofit helping economically disadvantaged Oklahomans, as well as CEO and president of Advancia Corporation. In addition, Porter has worked at USA Today, the Williams Companies, the University of Oklahoma, and U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch. She holds three degrees, all from OU.
“As a longtime resident of central Oklahoma, it has been a joy to watch the evolution of the downtown Oklahoma City area, and Myriad Botanical Gardens in particular,” Porter said. “I am looking forward to contributing to this beautiful space that so many have come to appreciate and enjoy.”