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National Aquarium Appoints New Board Chair and Board Members


The National Aquarium is pleased to announce the election of a new board chair, Marc Bunting, and two new members, Poetri Deal and Shari Sant Plummer, to its Board of Directors.

"Marc, Poetri and Shari are recognized change-makers who bring a wealth of leadership talent, community experience and passion for conservation to the National Aquarium Board," said John Racanelli, president and chief executive officer. "As we continue to integrate and grow our mission to protect aquatic treasures from the Inner Harbor to the high seas, we are honored and pleased to be the beneficiaries of their expert counsel."

Board Member - Marc Bunting - headshotBunting is a six-year member of the National Aquarium Board of Directors, serving previously as the chair of the Conservation Committee. A Baltimore native and recognized leader in conservation, Bunting will guide the nonprofit as the board chair for a term of three years.

Bunting shared, "It's an exciting time to be here at the National Aquarium, as we continue to evolve into a conservation-focused organization that's having a broad impact. I believe the work we are doing right here at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, for example, can serve as a model of urban conservation for other cities around the world. I'm proud to be part of it."

Bunting is the chief financial officer and co-founder of Alpine Food Service Solutions, an award-winning food service provider for host locations on college campuses and hospitals throughout the United States. He is also chief executive officer of the Blue Jar Family Council, a multigenerational group that inspires and encourages future generations to understand and strengthen the Bunting/Kranzlin/Duffy family values and foster wealth. Bunting serves as the director of the Bunting Family Foundation—a private foundation formed in 1992—that has provided support to the National Aquarium since 1996.

Bunting serves on the boards of several other organizations including Catholic Charities, Civic Works and Outward Bound. Bunting received his Bachelor of Arts in business administration from Stevenson University and a wealth management certificate from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business.

Poetri Deal Headshot Deal is the deputy director of government relations for the Office of the Mayor of Baltimore City, serving as Mayor Catherine Pugh's liaison to the City Council, Baltimore City Delegation and Federal Delegation. She supports the advancement of policy initiatives and analysis of budget priorities. She previously served as a program specialist for the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, director of advocacy and policy for The Arc of Maryland and government relations specialist for Coppin State University.

As the Mayor's board designee, Deal also sits on the Board of Trustees for the Maryland Municipal League and the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore. Deal holds dual Bachelor of Science degrees in political science and social science from Coppin State University and a Master of Arts degree in legal and ethical studies from the University of Baltimore.

Shari Sant PlummerSant Plummer is president of Code Blue Charitable Foundation, which funds innovative projects that promote protection, restoration and resilience of critical ocean and watershed ecosystems. She is also secretary/trustee of the Summit Charitable Foundation and vice president of Seacology. Sant Plummer is a former design director at Ralph Lauren in New York and is now an avid diver, environmental philanthropist and ocean activist.

Sant Plummer is a founding board member of the Sylvia Earle Alliance/Mission Blue and member of the World Wildlife Fund's National Council and the Ocean Unite Advisory Board. She is a producer of documentary films, including "Mission Blue" and "Chasing Coral" on Netflix. She is executive producer on "Anote's Ark" which opened at Sundance 2018, and on "Sharkwater Extinction" and "Ghost Fleet" in production for Fall 2018 release. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in sociology from New York University and has a producing certification from University of California Los Angeles School of Theater, Film and Television.