Tracy Bareno

Director, Retail Operations
San Diego Zoo, Safari Park


Tracy began her career at the San Diego Zoo in 1977. In 1981 graduated from SDSU with a BA in Enviornmental Design, and a minor in Political Science. Tracy joined the Food Service Management team at the Zoo in 1982 where she work in several management positions over the next 20 years. In 2002 she moved 30 miles north of the San Diego Zoo to the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park, as the interim Associate Food Service Director. In 2003 she became the permanent Director of Food Service at the Safari Park. In 2011 the corporate decision was made to merge the Food and Merchandise Departments, Tracy then became the Director of Retail Operations.
Tracy has been involved with several Food and Beverage organizations and committees over the years including; Food and Beverage Management Association, Amusement and Theme Park Food Service Conference, National Association of Catering Executives and several years on the IAAPA Food and Beverage Committee. In 2013-2015 Tracy served as a Brass Ring Judge for IAAPA’s innovations and New Products in Food Service.
In addition to professional associations, Tracy has held volunteer roles in the community, some of which include: Susan G. Komen 3 day support team, PTA Board Member, SD Civic Dance Assoc. President, Little League Board of Directors, Asst. High School Track and Cross Country Coach.
Tracy spends free time traveling, enjoying 4 grand-children, cooking classes, swimming, hiking and participating in events supporting Rady Children’s Hospital and Jump Start your heart foundation.


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