Robert W. Davidson, CEO
Robert W. Davidson became the CEO of the newly nonprofit Seattle Aquarium on July 1, 2010, after serving as CEO of the Seattle Aquarium Society since 2002. Davidson guided a repositioning of the Aquarium Society leading to the successful Aquarium Operating Agreement with the City in 2009. A key component was the $41.5 million public/private New Currents Aquarium expansion in 2007, which has increased attendance and made Seattle the country’s eighth largest aquarium. Davidson was a leader in the earlier $40 million project to revitalize Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo as co-initiator of Mayor Royer’s Zoo Commission, Zoological Society board president and later as its Executive Director/CEO. These efforts paved the way for the Zoo’s transition to nonprofit management in 2002. Davidson holds an MBA from the University of Washington and an AB from Harvard College, has served in senior government positions at the federal and state levels, and has held executive positions in manufacturing and private investment management. He is a member of the Executive Committee of the Central Waterfront Partnerships Committee, and co-chair of its stewardship and operations subcommittee. He serves on the Central Waterfront Stakeholders Group and the Advisory Committee on Tolling and Traffic management for the SR 99 Tunnel Project. He is past board president of the Northwest Development Officers Association and received its Professional Achievement Award in 2011. He received the Woodland Park Zoological Society Medal for his efforts to revitalize the Zoo in 1994. Bob and his wife, Molly, live in Seattle.