BRIT Board Elects Two New Members

October 21, 2019

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT®) Operating Board is pleased to announce the recent election of two new board members: Dana Burghdoff and William Welder. Their individual terms begin 2020.

Dana Burghdoff is interim assistant city manager with the City of Fort Worth and will serve on the operating board aDanaBurghdoffs an advisory trustee. Advisory Trustees are non-voting, year-to-year appointments.  Ms. Burghdoff has 25 years of city planning and development experience, with 20 of those in the City of Fort Worth. During her tenure with the City, Ms. Burghdoff has served as the policy advisor to the City Council, City Plan Commission, Zoning Commission, and other groups. Her achievements include extensive engagement with the public to reallocate 250,000 residents during decennial redistricting of eight City Council districts, and facilitation of over 50 process improvements within the City to expedite desired property development. She’s also worked with the Blue Zones Project Team and various city groups to improve transportation options for residents and visitors that include walking and biking safely in town and around neighborhoods and schools.

William Welder is a banking and business professional who currently serves as vice president of commercial bankingWilliamWelder for Branch Banking and Trust Company in Fort Worth. Over Mr. Welder's career he has gained valuable insight and experience in banking, corporate finance and governance, commercial real estate, structured finance, and investment management. These experiences are the culmination of his work within the finance and commercial real estate industries in addition to his work with his family's multi-generational ranching, oil & gas, and investment enterprises. His approach is service oriented with a focus on relationship building and attention to detail to maximize his and the bank’s utility to its customers. Mr. Welder’s affiliations include The Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, and Texas Wildlife Association. Mr. Welder joins the Operating Board of BRIT and is eligible for two consecutive three-year terms.

“The BRIT Operating Board welcomes the additions of Ms. Burghdoff and Mr. Welder,” said Board Chair Greg Bird. “Both trustees will serve key roles on the Long Range Planning Committee as the board enters into negotiations with the City of Fort Worth regarding BRIT as the potential nonprofit managing the Fort Worth Botanic Garden.”

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