National Aquarium

National Aquarium, Inc.

Board of Directors

Mr. Thomas E. Robinson

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Tom Robinson is chair of the National Aquarium, Inc., Board of Directors, and a senior advisor in the real estate investment banking division of Stifel, a financial services firm.

He previously held leadership positions with Stifel Nicolaus & Company, and with Legg Mason Wood Walker. Prior to that, he was president and chief financial officer of Storage USA, Inc., a real estate investment trust that was headquartered in Columbia, Maryland. He also previously served as the national director of REIT Advisory Services for Coopers & Lybrand, and was general counsel for the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).

Tom serves on the boards of directors for Essex Property Trust, First Potomac Realty Trust and Tanger Factory Outlet Centers. He is a former governor and longstanding member of the NAREIT, which honored him with an Industry Achievement Award in 2009 for his wisdom, expertise and service to the REIT industry. He has also served on the board and was treasurer of the McDonogh School in Owings Mills, Maryland.

His degrees include a juris doctorate from Suffolk University Law School, a master’s in taxation from Georgetown University Law Center and an undergraduate degree from Washington & Lee University.

Tom and his wife, Betty, moved to the Baltimore area in 1994 and have lived in Baltimore City since 2005. They have two sons, Scott and Andrew, who are also residents of Baltimore City.

Mr. Robert E. Carter
Immediate Past Chair

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Bob Carter is the immediate past chair of the National Aquarium, Inc., Board of Directors. A consultant with significant expertise in local, national and international fundraising, Bob has faced complex problems and opportunities and found ways to be successful in nearly every case. Bob established Of Counsel Philanthropy in 2010 and is now president and CEO of Bob Carter Companies LLC.

In his consulting work, Bob concentrates on building dynamic teams to deliver specific services that meet the unique needs of charities and donors. He works with complex regional, national and international organizations and institutions to design specific strategies, based on individual cultural realities, to maximize positive outcomes. His service as member and chair of numerous not-for-profit boards lends firsthand experience to his governance counsel. He is currently chair of the International Board of Directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP). He also serves on the boards of directors for The Center for Philanthropy at Indiana University and The Mote Marine Laboratory (immediate past chair). He is a member of the USA Advisory Board of PlaNet Finance, a microfinance organization headquartered in Paris with global operations. Bob is board chair emeritus of Boys’ Latin School in Baltimore and Gateway Rehabilitation Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Bob’s experience includes a 26-year career with Ketchum (including 15 years as president), one of the largest firms in the fundraising industry, and serving as senior advisor to Changing Our World and Omnicom Nonprofit Group. Prior to joining Ketchum, Bob served as vice president for university relations at The Catholic University of America; director of development for arts and sciences and engineering, and associate director of annual giving at The Johns Hopkins University; and assistant to the headmaster at the Gilman School in Baltimore. After graduating from The Boys' Latin School in Baltimore, Bob taught there and organized the school’s development office.

A graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Bob has published articles in several professional journals and frequently serves as a lecturer and presenter for Columbia University’s Masters in Philanthropy Management program, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP).

Bob and his wife, Carol, live in Anna Maria, Florida. His sons, Travis and Trent, and their families live in Naples, Florida.

Mr. Timothy Adams
Mr. John Bremer
Mr. Marc Bunting (Chair, Conservation Committee)
Mr. Keith Campbell
Mr. Robert E. Carter (Immediate Past Chair)
Mr. David Churchill (Chair, Finance Committee)
Ms. Colleen Dilenschneider
Mrs. Jane W. I. Droppa (Vice Chair and Chair, Animal Policy Committee)
Dr. Nancy Grasmick
Mr. Frank A. Gunther, Jr. (Life Director)
Mr. Mohannad Jishi
Ms. Donna Morrison, ex officio
Mr. Joseph Nigro
Ms. Marianela Peralta
Mr. Charles A. Phillips (Chair, Capital Improvement Planning Committee and Chair, Center for Aquatic Life and Conservation)
Mr. J. Scott Plank (Vice Chair)
Mr. John C. Racanelli, ex officio (CEO)
Ms. Diana Ramsay (Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee)
The Honorable Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, ex officio
Ms. Jennifer W. Reynolds (Chair, Philanthropy Committee)
Mr. Thomas E. Robinson (Board Chair)
Dr. Enric Sala
Mr. Toby Thompson, ex officio (Chair, National Aquarium Foundation)
Mr. Chuck Tildon III
Ms. Tamika Langley Tremaglio (Vice Chair and Chair, Audit Committee)
Ms. Jaki Ulman
Ms. C. Elizabeth Wagner
Mr. Edward Wiese

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