Mike L. Washburn

CEO, Thanksgiving Point

Mike L. Washburn is president and chief executive officer of Thanksgiving Point Institute. Thanksgiving Point is a nonprofit farm, garden, and museum complex that draws upon the natural world to cultivate transformative family learning.

Thanksgiving Point delivers educational programs and transformative learning experiences through four main venues: Ashton Gardens, Museum of Natural Curiosity, Farm Country, and the Museum of Ancient Life. Founded in 1995, Thanksgiving Point has served over 20 million visitors since inception and currently serves more than two million guests annually from all fifty states and over 20 countries.

A native of Grand Junction, Colorado, Washburn joined Thanksgiving Point in 2003.

Washburn graduated from Brigham Young University with degrees in Business Management and Spanish and received an MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management. He worked for Bank of America in Los Angeles for ten years in management and corporate banking before relocating to Salt Lake City in 1994 to work as CFO for Robert Redford and Sundance Group, LLC, the management company of Sundance’s business enterprises including Sundance Channel, Sundance Institute, Sundance Catalog, and Sundance Resort. Washburn also helped found and served as President of the Redford Preserve in Utah’s North Fork Canyon.

 Washburn serves on the Salt Lake Chamber Board of Directors and the Board of Directors for Utah Foundation where he has served as Fundraising Committee Chair.