Jim Kaufmann manages the daily horticultural tasks for the U.S. Botanic Garden, including overseeing horticultural collections, exhibits, displays, gardens and grounds and the off-site production facility. Jim collaborates on and guides the Garden's plant curatorial duties, conservation efforts and plant-record activities. He also participates in developing and executing the long-range goals.
Jim came to the U.S. Botanic Garden in 2009, after nearly 15 years as a horticulturist with the National Gallery of Art. Under his leadership as Sculpture Garden Manager, the Gallery obtained a "Green Star" award from the Professional Grounds Management Society. Jim also gained professional public garden experience at Villanova and Temple Universities, and is an ISA-certified arborist. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Temple University and was conferred as an "Alumni Fellow" in 2007. He then received a Master of Science degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland University College in 2013.