Martha Wells has joined the South Florida Museum in the position of Development Officer.
Well-qualified with more than 25 years of professional fundraising and communications experience in non-profit, corporate and agency environments, she comes to the Museum with a unique perspective having previously worked with zoos, aquariums, museums and planetariums. “I am passionate about the role of this Museum in the local community,” said Wells. “The combination of local culture, history and science—from “inner space” (the ocean) to “outer space” — is captivating to me personally. Our many events, exhibits and educational programs are the perfect way to engage people with our community’s history and the Museum’s mission of interpreting the scientific and cultural knowledge of Florida, the world and our universe.”As Development Officer, her responsibilities at the Museum focus on garnering increased support from individuals in the community who want to make a difference.
Most recently, Wells oversaw media relations, communications, community outreach and marketing efforts at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Prior to joining Mote, she handled development and government relations for the Aquatic Conservation Program of EcoHealth Alliance (formerly known as Wildlife Trust). While working there she was very involved with the Manatee Rehabilitation Partnership, the consortium in which the South Florida Museum participates to return sick and injured manatees to the wild. She has spent a significant portion of her career working with cultural nonprofit organizations related to science and conservation, with public relations, government relations and marketing experience at Brookfield Zoo, John G. Shedd Aquarium and The Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago.
Wells currently chairs the Public Relations Committee of the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau, and teaches public relations, crisis communication and media training at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Management School. She previously taught public relations at Columbia College Chicago and is a graduate of Northwestern University. She recently received the National Tourism Award from the Sarasota Convention and Visitors Bureau and is a recipient of the Ginnie Duffey Troyer Award for professionalism from the Central West Coast Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association. Additionally, she is active in the Association of Fundraising Professionals and volunteers locally.
Martha Wells can be reached at the South Florida Museum at 941-746-4131, ext. 35 or firstname.lastname@example.org.