Jay Vestal

Former Vice President of Marketing, Association of Zoos & Aquariums

Jay Vestal retired in 2014 after a 43-year career in marketing and fund Raising for non-profit organizations. His last position was Vice President of Marketing for the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the accrediting organization for 225 zoos and aquariums throughout North America, including the local Hogle Zoo and Tracy Aviary. Previously, he spent a decade as fundraising Vice President for two Congressionally-chartered public lands nonprofits, the National Park Foundation and the National Forest Foundation, and prior to that, as Senior Vice President for the Children's Miracle Network. Locally, Vestal served six years as a board member of Crossroads Urban Center, participated with the Southern Utah Wilderness Society’s Faith in the Land Initiative, and in 2012 served on the Steering Committee of Salt Lake Community Solar, a group purchasing effort for residential solar installations. He has held various committee chair positions with Christ United Methodist Church, a reconciling congregation. In 2010 he led a fundraising campaign to match a Rocky Mountain Power Blue Sky Grant, resulting in a 23 KW solar pv system for the church.