Houston Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer
Sheryl Kolasinski is the Houston Zoo’s Chief Operating Officer and leads the business operations and facilities of the nearly 100-year-old cultural institution. In her role, she oversees capital projects, exhibit design, horticulture, admissions, membership, special events, sales, and facilities maintenance on the 55-acre campus. During her four-year-tenure at the Houston Zoo, Kolasinski has been instrumental in the development and construction of the most transformative projects in the Zoo’s history, including the Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands (2019), South America’s Pantanal (2020), and the under-construction Galápagos Islands (2022). Prior to her role at the Houston Zoo, Kolasinski served as the deputy director and chief operating officer for the Menil Collection and worked closely with the museum’s director on strategic planning as well as the implementation of the museum’s master site plan (2012-2017). Prior to Menil, Kolasinski was the deputy director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Office of Facilities Engineering and Operations where she managed the capital design and construction program, oversaw planning and preservation, operations and maintenance, and safety and security for 19 museums and galleries, nine research centers around the world, and the National Zoo (1995-2012).
Kolasinski has a master’s degree in architecture from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in art from Brown University. She is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a LEED AP.