Ray Mims oversees the ongoing development and implementation of sustainability efforts, conservation partnerships, and threatened plant collections at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG). Additionally he represents USBG in the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES) and Landscapes for Life.
Prior to joining USBG, he served as the Director of Horticulture at Denver Botanic Gardens, Director of Horticulture and Grounds at the Washington National Cathedral, and Horticulturist at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. After working as an engineer manager for the Dow Chemical Company, Mims returned to school in 1994 to study horticulture, a passion learned from his maternal grandmother. He also completed a Botanic Garden Management diploma at the Royal Botanic Garden, Kew.