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The National Aquarium’s Leadership Team brings exceptional success and expertise within their respective fields to their passion for our mission of inspiring conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.

John Racanelli President and Chief Executive Officer

John leads a diverse and talented team of employees and volunteers in pursuing the Aquarium's mission.

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Dale Schmidt Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Dale’s role includes daily and long-term oversight of capital planning, exhibit development, building operations, animal care and husbandry,...

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Margot Amelia Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer

Margot is responsible for the development and execution of the Aquarium's marketing plan which serves to advance financial and strategic obj...

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Jennifer Driban Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Jennifer leads the National Aquarium's efforts to build meaningful relationships within our community’s government, political and conservati...

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Scott Douglas Melton Senior Vice President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Scott is responsible for all philanthropic functions, including capital and annual operating fundraising.

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Candace Osunsade Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Candace is a respected thought leader with 30 years of business experience in large to mid-size for-profit and nonprofit organizations, prov...

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Ismael Savadogo Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ismael is an established finance and accounting professional who brings experience from both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors to his rol...

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