News & Events // New Executive Director Appointed




Mesa Verde Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Janet McFarland Burlile, as its new Executive Director. She succeeds Margi Deane Grey and took over the Foundation on April 1, 2017.

Janet McFarland Burlile brings outstanding qualifications and passion for Mesa Verde National Park to her new position as Executive Director. Janet will be leading the organization into its next chapter and helping to grow and expand support of this national treasure and World Heritage Site. The Mesa Verde Foundation is a National Park Service partner organization committed to raising funds for projects and programs at Mesa Verde in addition to those appropriated by Congress.
The Foundation acquired and donated the land to the National Park Service for the new Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde. It also funded the design and engineering work for the new Center. The Foundation purchased two horses and raised funds for the rehabilitation of the barns and corrals to restore the historic backcountry horse patrol in the park. The National Park Foundation and the Mesa Verde Foundation together provided funding for a critical stabilization study of the park’s iconic Cliff Palace.

Burlile, a long-time resident of Colorado, was formerly the Vice President of Development and Membership for History Colorado since 2013. Prior to that, she has worked for some of Colorado’s most prominent cultural organizations including Denver Zoo, Denver Botanic Gardens and the Denver Art Museum. Janet received her Bachelor’s Degree from The Colorado College and her Master’s Degree in History from Arizona State University.