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Mount Auburn Leadership

January 1, 2021

Mount Auburn’s leadership is responsible for carrying out the Cemetery’s mission and its vision for the future.

David P. Barnett

“It was my lifelong love of horticulture that first led me to Mount Auburn. Over time, I have come to cherish all the dimensions of the Cemetery mission. It is a wonderful, sacred trust to help lead this living museum and vibrant cultural institution.”      

Mount Auburn has been led by President & CEO Dave Barnett since 2008. Prior to 2008, Barnett served as Vice President of Horticulture & Operations. He began his tenure at Mount Auburn in 1993 as the Cemetery’s first Director of Horticulture.

Barnett holds a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California at Davis. His many professional awards include a Distinguished Service Medal from the Garden Club of America and an Honorary Life Member designation from the American Public Gardens Association.

Dave Barnett will retire from Mount Auburn on September 1, 2021. Join us in celebrating Dave’s remarkable tenure at Mount Auburn and learn more about the newly established David P. Barnett Fund for Horticulture & Urban Ecology, which will support continued excellence in areas that are certain to be part of his legacy.

Contact Dave Barnett at


Under Dr. Barnett’s leadership, Mount Auburn’s executive staff work collaboratively to oversee the Cemetery’s core areas of activity and achieve its strategic goals.

Michael Albano, Executive Vice President & CFO

Gus Fraser, Vice President of Preservation & Facilities

Jenny Gilbert, Interim Vice President of Institutional Advancement

Bree Harvey, Vice President of Cemetery & Visitor Services


Mount Auburn Cemetery is governed and supported by a Board of Trustees that bring expertise from the private, public, and non-profit sectors.

The Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery, an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization with its own Executive Committee, supports the conservation of Mount Auburn’s natural and cultural resources and promotes public appreciation of the Cemetery’s many facets through programs and educational efforts. Funds raised through the Friends support visitor services, education, horticulture, preservation, and historical collections.


January 1, 2021

Join our team!

Mount Auburn’s dedicated staff are responsible for the daily care and stewardship of this National Historic Landmark, accredited arboretum and botanical garden, and active cemetery.


Mount Auburn is currently seeking qualified candidates for the following positions:


Mount Auburn employs 55 full-time staff and 40 seasonal and part-time staff. Additionally, the Cemetery is supported by the work of 10 interns and 100+ volunteers.

Mount Auburn’s staff represent a wide range of professional backgrounds including arboriculture, customer service, curatorship, education, facilities care, financial management, fundraising, gardening, horticulture, human resources, information technology, landscape management, planning, preservation, security, and visitor services.


Mount Auburn Cemetery is committed to providing a respectful, ethical and fair work environment conducive to the productive accomplishment of our organizational goals.  We treat all employees with fairness, respect, dignity, and integrity.

The Cemetery competes for talent with a variety of organizations but finds the most parity in job levels, descriptions, and skill requirements with other comparable organizations such as cemeteries, historic sites, and botanic gardens and/or arboreta. 

The Cemetery’s employees are privileged to work with other people who share a desire to build, serve and sustain a strong community of dedicated non-profit professionals through leadership and advocacy.  We provide a naturally collaborative atmosphere in which people take true ownership of their roles and yet seek each other’s input to facilitate the best possible solutions to organizational and operational challenges.  We share important information openly with one another and invite new ideas and constructive organizational assessment.  And, we strive to provide everyone with the opportunity to achieve a manageable work/life balance.

Traditional compensation and benefits programs are important components of our overall Compensation and Benefits Philosophy.  Fairness in the design and administration of these programs is of paramount importance to the culture.  We regularly calibrate the amount and, where possible, the mix, of both cash compensation and benefits programs.   Although we have traditionally strived to deliver competitive health and retirement benefits, coupled with median base-pay levels, we recognize that it is important to be flexible and are committed to revisiting our approach as budgets allow.   We periodically utilize multiple, highly-regarded published compensation and benefits surveys to benchmark our reward programs.

We recognize, encourage and reinforce strong organization, team, and individual performance where possible.  We cultivate a strong feeling of fairness in pay and recognize that certain skill sets demand more compensation than others while attempting to strike an equitable balance with respect to other factors such as individual performance and length of service.  We are also mindful that our overall ability to spend is limited by our financial resources.   We are committed to reasonable levels of compensation and benefits and intend full compliance with all federal, state and local regulations.

Mission & Vision

October 1, 2020


Mount Auburn Cemetery inspires all who visit, comforts the bereaved, and commemorates the dead in a landscape of exceptional beauty.


We envision a world that celebrates life’s seasons, preserves natural beauty, and remembers human stories.


Our values define our beliefs and commitments; they are guideposts for our daily work and our future plans. Every day we seek to embody them in our relationships with visitors, families, neighboring communities, and our own staff.

Openness – Welcome

Offering an open door and a welcoming face to all who come here, of every faith, background, identity, and circumstance. Embracing and inclusive to visitors, clients, employees, and volunteers of all identities and backgrounds.

Compassion – Dignity

Respecting all those who come to Mount Auburn for comfort, solace, respite, and work. Aspiring to be of comfort and service to all. Approaching everyone with a sense of caring and understanding. Demonstrating and embodying a belief in the inherent worth of all people.

Beauty – Serenity

Creating and celebrating beauty and fostering a place of serenity for all who seek it. Evoking the essential experience of Mount Auburn as a landscape, a place of beauty, and a source of serenity. Nurturing our defining aesthetic—human experience and nature together. The

Stewardship – Sustainability

Protecting and preserving the history, residents, monuments, structures, collections, and resources of Mount Auburn forever. Caring for the landscape and fostering its health and environmental sustainability in a dynamic and changing world. Leading others toward models and practices for environmental sustainability.

Integrity – Balance

Pursuing the highest standards in our work and practices; striving for quality and consistency of thinking, practice, and outcome. Balancing the many facets of Mount Auburn’s mission within a complementary whole; realizing that the excellence of each facet depends on maintaining the strength and quality of all the others. Encouraging harmony and proportion as essential aspects of Mount Auburn’s beauty and sense of serenity.


July 1, 2020


Robert Airasian, Jr.
Eliza S. Anderson
David P. Barnett, President & CEO
Lindsay Leard Coolidge
Thomas C. Cooper
Dean T. Hara
James F. Hunnewell, Jr.
Patricia B. Jacoby, Chair
Paul Kuenstner
Philip Laird, Secretary
James N. Levitt
Sean McDonnell, Treasurer
Susan Eldredge Mead
Anthony P. Morris
Caroline V. Mortimer
Laura L. Nash
Niels C. Peetz-Larsen
Richard B. Peiser
Franklin A. Reece


Caroline Mortimer, Chair
Eliza Anderson, Vice Chair
Sean McDonnell, Secretary & Treasurer
David P. Barnett
Lindsay Leard Coolidge


Peter S. Ashton
William C. Clendaniel, President Emeritus
Marion R. Fremont-Smith
Susan W. Paine (Friends of Mount Auburn Cemetery)
James M. Storey
William A. Truslow