Bob Carter has been elected chairman of the National Aquarium Institute Board of Directors, which includes members of the boards of the National Aquarium, Baltimore, and the National Aquarium, Washington, D.C.
Carter, who has been a member of the board since 2008, brings significant experience in local, national and international philanthropy and fundraising to his new role. He is President and CEO of Bob Carter Companies LLC, an organization assisting nonprofit clients around the world in achieving their fundraising goals. His experience also includes a 26-year career with one of the world’s largest fundraising firms, Ketchum, where he served 12 years as President.
Prior to joining Ketchum, Carter served as director of development for the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and for the Whiting School of Engineering at The Johns Hopkins University as well as assistant to the headmaster at the Gilman School in Baltimore. He also taught and organized the development office at the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland.
Carter takes on the role of chairman following the recent hiring of Eric Schwaab as National Aquarium’s first-ever Senior Vice President and Chief Conservation Officer and Dale Schmidt as the new senior vice president and chief operating officer. All three take on new roles as the Aquarium moves forward as a conservation-driven organization dedicated to its mission to inspire conservation of the world’s aquatic treasures.
Carter is also chair,am of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ International Board of Directors. He is a current board member of the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, is board chair-emeritus at Mote Marine Laboratory and is a past board chairman of the Gateway Rehabilitation Center, the e-Philanthropy Foundation and the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland. He is also a member of the USA Advisory Board of PlaNet Finance, a multinational microfinance organization headquartered in Paris, France.
Carter frequently serves as a lecturer and presenter for Columbia University’s Masters in Philanthropy Management courses, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, AFP and the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy and has published articles for professional journals.
Carter grew up in Elkridge and graduated from the Boys’ Latin School of Maryland and The Johns Hopkins University. He and his wife Carol reside in Anna Maria, Florida.