An entrepreneur experienced in numerous fields, Lew McGinnis has founded several companies over the course of his career, including a car dealership and a real estate investment firm. Outside of work, Lew McGinnis has engaged with a number of civic organizations, including the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum Foundation, where he formerly served as director.
Founded in 1952, the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum aims to inspire individuals to live in harmony with nature through exploration of the Sonoran desert. The museum stands out with a unique presentation, with 85 percent of the museum experience occurring outdoors. Located on 98 acres in Tucson, the Desert Museum features a zoo, an aquarium, a botanical garden, a natural history museum, and an art gallery.
The museum’s Art Institute features gallery exhibits and art education in an effort to promote conservation. To this end, the museum also has a publishing division called ASDM Press, which has produced more than 40 guides and books on the nature, history, and culture of the Sonoran Desert. To learn more about the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, visit DesertMuseum.org.