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National Aquarium Elects Bob Carter as Chair of Board of Directors


Bob Carter National AquariumNational Aquarium is pleased to announce the election of Bob Carter as Chair of the National Aquarium Institute Board of Directors, which includes members of the Boards of the National Aquarium, Baltimore, and the National Aquarium, Washington, DC.

“We are honored to have a leader like Bob as our National Aquarium Board Chair,” said John Racanelli, National Aquarium CEO. “Bob’s wealth of experience in philanthropy and communications provides essential direction to ensure the Aquarium’s national presence and conservation mission.”

Carter, who has been a member of the Board since 2008, brings significant experience in local, national and international philanthropy and fundraising to his new role. He is President and CEO of Bob Carter Companies, LLC, an organization assisting nonprofit clients around the world in achieving their fundraising goals. His experience also includes a 26-year career with one of the world’s largest fundraising firms, Ketchum, where he served 12 years as President. Prior to joining Ketchum, Carter served as Director of Development for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and for the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University as well as Assistant to the Headmaster at the Gilman School in Baltimore. He also taught and organized the development office at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.

Carter takes on the role of Board Chair following the recent hiring of Eric Schwaab as National Aquarium’s first-ever Senior Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer and Dale Schmidt as the new Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. All three take on new roles as the Aquarium moves forward as a conservation-driven organization dedicated to its mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.

“I am delighted to help lead the National Aquarium in its contributions to the Baltimore and Maryland communities as well as expanding its reputation as a national and international voice for conservation,” Carter said. “I am committed to strengthening our Board and leadership with individuals who will help to enhance and grow our high-impact conservation programs and initiatives. I grew up around the Chesapeake Bay and have a lifelong commitment to cleaning up and protecting it and oceans, bays and estuaries around the world.”

Carter is also Chair of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ (AFP) International Board of Directors. He is a current Board member of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is Board Chair-Emeritus at Mote Marine Laboratory and is a past Board Chair of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center, the e-Philanthropy Foundation and the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. He is also a member of the USA Advisory Board of PlaNet Finance, a multi-national microfinance organization headquartered in Paris, France.

Carter frequently serves as a lecturer and presenter for Columbia University’s Masters in Philanthropy Management courses, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), AFP and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP) and has published articles for professional journals.

Carter grew up in Elkridge and graduated from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife Carol reside in Anna Maria, Florida.