Sailors for the Sea, a Newport, R.I.-based ocean conservation non-profit focused on the sailing and boating community, named R. Mark Davis as president, effective Oct. 1.
“Mark Davis, academically trained in marine biology and earth sciences education, is a recognized environmental leader who has received numerous awards for restoration, conservation and revitalization efforts throughout his career,” Sailors for the Sea co-founder and chairman David Rockefeller Jr. said in a statement.
“I and the rest of the board are very impressed with Mark’s blend of professional accomplishments and experiences, including his success in developing and executing strategic plans for non-profit organizations. His leadership will be critical as the organization continues to grow significantly throughout the United States and abroad.”
Davis has nearly 30 years of experience developing and directing the strategic plans and operations, membership and fundraising efforts of national non-profit organizations and non-profit environmental or healthy living organizations. He has held senior executive positions that include most recently serving as president and CEO of Public Interest Intellectual Property Advisors.
“Melding my professional experience, significant involvement in issues related to environmental awareness and sustainability and my academic background in marine biology and earth sciences education has me excited to work with the staff, board, partners and funders of Sailors for the Sea,” Davis said.
“The organization has a solid base from which we can effectively implement a strategic growth plan, achieve higher impact with our programs and appeal to a broad cross-section of donors.”