Dr. Scott Stewart serves as the Executive Director of the Millennium Park Foundation and is deeply passionate about the value and role of public space. His goal: create free, open, and representative cultural experiences for people in public spaces of artistic and architectural significance. Scott believes Millennium Park is the international standard-bearer in this regard, and believes his role with the Foundation is to maintain the uncompromisingly high standards in art, architecture, and cultural programming that have made the Park such an icon. Scott has previously held positions with Lurie Garden, Park District of Oak Park, Morton College, Kankakee Community College, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. He is extensively published on topics ranging from the evolving roles of public gardens and parks to rare plant species propagation and conservation. Scott holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Horticulture from the University of Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in Biology and Chemistry from Illinois College.