Before working at San Francisco’s Botanical Garden Society, Mr. McKechnie had a long career developing programs that involve professionals and the public working together. Trained as a City Planner with an interest in historic preservation and with an undergraduate degree in history, Mr. McKechnie has had considerable experience working with architects, engineers, educators, and designers to remake and interpret public places of historical significance.
“The story of Angel Island and its significance to the complete picture of American immigration needs to be known in communities across the country,” said Mr. McKechnie. “I will be meeting with current supporters, as well as new community leaders to help us build programs to define the U.S. Immigration Station on Angel Island as the national symbol of Pacific immigration.”
Mr. McKechnie holds a BA from DePauw University, a Master of Regional Planning from Cornell University, and an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.