howard-rutherfordDirector of Development at University of South Florida Foundation and College of Marine Science

In addition to my responsibilities as Director of Development at the University of South Florida Foundation and College of Marine Science, I am currently President-Elect to the National Marine Educators Association, a national organization powered by 17 individual, regional chapters who provide the on-the-ground efforts that support and promote national initiatives in education and conservation such as ocean literacy.

I have actively participated in the City of St. Petersburg Ocean Team, of which the College of Marine Science plays a major role. Dr. Paula Coble and I, as founding Co-Chairs, established the St. Petersburg Science Festival. Currently, our Festival is one of four national festivals awarded a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to build capacity and mentor three new science festivals in the next two years. I am also Co-PI on the Creating a Community of Practice Around a Proven Teen Science Cafe Model, a $2.6 million project funded by the National Science Foundation. This project is building the first network of ocean science thematic Florida Teen SciCafes in partnership with The Florida Aquarium and Mote Marine Laboratory. Several faculty members and students within the College of Marine Science have already contributed.