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National Aquarium Names Colleen Halley as Director of Grants Partnerships


(Baltimore) - The National Aquarium is pleased to announce Colleen Halley as its new Director of Grants Partnerships. She previously served as the Associate Director for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group (VPIRG).

In her new role in the Aquarium's Philanthropy department, Halley will support the cultivation of external relationships and development of grant proposals to help the nonprofit organization continue its community service, animal care and environmental leadership through programs and special projects.

"Colleen's professional expertise and commitment to conservation will be strong assets as we build philanthropic partnerships in support of the Aquarium's current and future exhibits and programs, as well as our BLUEprint master plan projects," said National Aquarium Vice President of Institutional Giving Sean Beattie. "She will help lead our work with foundation, corporate, government and institutional funding partners to create the National Aquarium of the 21st century."

As the Associate Director for VPIRG, Halley helped the organization more than triple its annual budget, expand membership four-fold, and lead successful national campaigns for clean energy and the environment. Prior to VPIRG, Colleen served for 10 years as the Director of Development for Project Harmony (PH), where she secured over $45 million in funding for international development programs and oversaw organizational growth to over 300 staff working in 10 countries.

For over 20 years, she has served in various volunteer leadership roles with Amnesty International in addition to chairing the board of her local humane society in Vermont. She's also a longtime environmental activist who has worked with groups such as Greenpeace and the Surfrider Foundation.

Halley graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and History from Loyola University Maryland and received her Master of Arts in International Studies from the University of Washington.