Robin Elkins Named Vice President of Development New England Aquarium

BOSTON, MA, September 10, 2017 – The New England Aquarium (“the Aquarium”) welcomes Robin Elkins as the new Vice President for Development. Robin comes to the Aquarium from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she began her development career after many years in the private sector. Over her almost 7 years at MIT, Robin has held progressive positions in the international area, most recently as the Director of Global Initiatives. In this role, Robin led the strategy and design of Sloan’s international philanthropy program while personally managing a portfolio of principal gift prospects in Europe and Latin America.

As the Aquarium’s Vice President for Development, Robin will oversee and manage all development functions including major gifts, corporate and foundation giving, membership, annual giving, government grants and planned giving. As a valued member of the Executive Management Team, Robin will partner with the President & CEO, Board of Trustees, and senior leadership, to strengthen the Aquarium’s philanthropic program and drive organizational strategy.

Welcoming close to 1.3 million annual visitors, The New England Aquarium is a $45 million operating organization that combines education, engagement, and action to address the most challenging problems facing the oceans. The Aquarium is the only Boston-based cultural institution with a mission focused primarily on the environment, promoting the importance of protecting the blue planet through innovative exhibits and educational programs. This includes the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life; a groundbreaking initiative designed to highlight and expand the Aquarium’s cutting-edge applied marine research and data-driven conservation solutions.

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