SAN DIEGO ZOO ESCORT
Joanne Leidenberger, Director of Events
Joanne Leidenberger knows how to entertain and engage volunteers with projects and programs they are passionate about, helping others discover fulfilling volunteer roles with San Diego Zoo Global. As Director of Events for the Zoo's Development Department for 22 years, Joanne is directly responsible for guiding the Zoo's annual black-tie gala committees for Rendezvous In the Zoo (R•I•T•Z). She also oversees her team's efforts on a multitude of events and serves as liaison to a variety of San Diego Zoo Global donor support groups.
Prior to being a staff member, Joanne was initially an active volunteer with the Zoo and helped establish its first volunteer program. Joanne previously volunteered with the San Diego Humane Society when she first arrived in San Diego from Pennsylvania in 1980.
Joanne loves to travel and enjoys cuisines from all parts of the globe. On all of her trips, she has made it her goal for all members of the group to have an enjoyable and rewarding journey: she has a special touch in bringing people together. With her varied background, Joanne understands how to make people comfortable and promises to make your trip to South Africa one you will remember for a lifetime!