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As vice president of philanthropy, Sean Beattie provides strategic leadership to the National Aquarium's dynamic development team, building partnerships with individuals, foundations, corporations and government agencies. He facilitates high-impact private and corporate philanthropy, membership programs, sponsorship and public sector investment, generating contributed revenue to sustain and grow the Aquarium's programs, projects and operations.
Sean has served leading national performing arts, cultural and environmental conservation organizations for more than two decades. He joined the Aquarium in 2013 following a successful tenure with Baltimore Center Stage in multiple operational, audience development and advancement management capacities. He has worked as a consultant, panelist, reviewer and writer/editor for public grant-making entities, private foundations and peer NGOs, and organized advocacy campaigns at local, state and national levels. He is a current state affiliate representative for the National Wildlife Federation. He also serves as treasurer on the executive committee of the Mid-Atlantic Council of the national conservation organization Trout Unlimited and is an active member and volunteer of the Maryland chapter's board of directors.
Sean holds a Master of Arts in nonfiction writing from Johns Hopkins University, an executive certificate in social impact strategy from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice, and a Bachelor of Music in guitar performance from Arizona State University.