NatureServe Announces Sean T. O’Brien as CEO

Koya is proud to have partnered with the NatureServe Board of Directors on their nationwide search for a CEO. On July 16, 2018, NatureServe announced the appointment of Sean T. O’Brien, Ph.D., as the new President & CEO. He will begin in the role on August 27, 2018.

O’Brien, a life-long environmentalist, brings more than 20 years of expertise in local and international non-profit leadership to NatureServe.

NatureServe is a non-profit biodiversity conservation organization that provides high-quality scientific expertise for conservation and is the world’s leading authority on the full range of imperiled plants, animals, and ecosystems in the Americas. NatureServe won the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions for its unique body of detailed scientific information that guides conservationists, agencies, developers, and engaged citizens. The NatureServe Network of 1,000 staff in over 80 collaborating organizations answers more than six million inquiries per year related to land use and natural resource management decisions.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, he worked at James Madison’s Montpelier as the Executive Director of the Center for the Constitution, and, for the past seven years, as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. While there, O’Brien directed the organization’s operations with a focus on fundraising, budget management, and strategic planning, which resulted in better alignment between programming and the company’s vision. He was awarded a prestigious Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Princeton University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Center for Energy and Environmental Studies. He has over 13 publications and served on numerous boards including the Presidential Precinct and was appointed by three governors to the Virginia Civics Commission.

O’Brien graduated from the University of Virginia with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science, and holds a Ph.D. from the same institution in Environmental Sciences with a focus on tropical forest ecology.

Read the full press release here.