Descanso fills new management position
Juliann Rooke, who served as chief financial officer of the Descanso Gardens Guild, Inc. for the past two years, has been named to the newly created position of chief operating officer for the botanic garden.
"Juliann is at the top of my list of the most talented nonprofit executives I've had the privilege of working with in 25 years in the field," said David R. Brown, the executive director of the gardens, in a news release issued last week. "In addition to her talents in financial matters, she is extremely entrepreneurial and a great manager of people — exactly what we need to maintain and grow Descanso Gardens' many earned-income business activities."
Rooke has been responsible for all financial activities of the Guild, which manages the gardens, including developing and managing the $4 million annual operating budget. She will remain the chief contract administrator and take the lead role in working with Los Angeles County, which owns the Descanso property.