Sharon Mertzlufft joins CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation as Director of Development

Mertzlufft joins project to transform and enhance Gateway Arch experience after success at Missouri Botanical Garden

CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation announced today that Sharon Mertzlufft will join the organization as its Director of Development on December 10. Mertzlufft comes to the Foundation from the Missouri Botanical Garden where she was Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement.

“Sharon is a terrific addition to our organization,” said Maggie Hales, executive director of CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation. “We have ambitious goals that will transform the environs of our city’s defining symbol. Consequently, we have substantial fundraising goals ahead of us and Sharon’s discipline, energy and long-term commitment to St. Louis exhibited through her previous experience meets those needs.”

Mertzlufft will lead CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation’s capital campaign to reach the region’s objective of finishing the Missouri components of the project by October 28, 2015, the 50th anniversary of the completion of the Arch. The Foundation has a private fundraising goal of more than $250 million to help fund the $380 million project in Missouri and endowment for the Foundation’s work as a conservancy.

“It is an honor to join CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation,” said Mertzlufft. “I look forward to working with the Foundation, its staff and project partners to advance this outstanding plan to fruition.”

Mertzlufft comes to CityArchRiver 2015 Foundation after leading the Missouri Botanical Garden’s fundraising programs and development operations which generated$11.7 million of the organization’s annual operating budget. She has also helped lead the organization’s campaign to address $138 million in capital needs. Prior to her work at the Garden, Mertzlufft held fundraising positions with the United Way of Greater St. Louis.