Dr. Sean T. O'Brien

Dr. Sean T. O'Brien, President & CEO, NatureServe As President and CEO, Sean has focused on building connections within the NatureServe Network, modernizing core methodology, and updating systems to meet the needs of a successful post-pandemic nonprofit. Under his leadership, NatureServe has expanded its brand awareness to build on its 50-year conservation legacy. Prior to joining NatureServe, he served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at James Madison’s Montpelier where he directed the organization’s operations with a focus on fundraising, budget management, and strategic planning. Sean also led the nonpartisan Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia, where he helped aspiring political leaders develop their skills and knowledge to be better servant leaders for Virginia. He is a graduate 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. He was awarded Post-Doctoral Fellowships in Princeton University’s Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Center for Energy and Environmental Studies.

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