Sean T. O’Brien

Sean T. O’Brien
Placed Leader

Sean T. O’Brien

Chief Executive Officer
NatureServe

July 12, 2018

Koya is proud to have partnered with the NatureServe Board of Directors on their nationwide search for a CEO, resulting in the appointment of Sean T. O’Brien, Ph.D.,

O’Brien, a life-long environmentalist, brings more than 20 years of expertise in local and international non-profit leadership to NatureServe. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Center for the Constitution at James Madison’s Montpelier. He served in a dual capacity during his tenure, also operating 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 press release: NatureServe Welcomes New President & CEO.