Shedd Aquarium

Registered Name
Shedd Aquarium Society
Tax ID


The Shedd Aquarium, an institution dedicated to public education and conservation, is known as the world's aquarium. Beautifully situated on the shores of Lake Michigan, the facility houses nearly 22,000 aquatic animals representing some 1,500 species of fishes, reptiles, amphibians, invertebrates, birds and mammals from waters around the world. Since its opening in 1930, the Aquarium's mission has been to enhance public understanding and appreciation of the aquatic world. Today, this educational goal has gained urgency as more species acquire endangered status. Shedd Aquarium is committed to a number of projects designed to preserve threatened or endangered aquatic species.


Annual Budget
December 2018
+6% Growth
Program Spending
Fundraising Spending
Management Spending


Conservation Education


Since we opened our doors in 1930, shedd aquarium has provided more than 116 million guests the opportunity to look nature in the eye through memorable experiences, while providing opportunities to learn about the animals in our care, and become inspired to make personal choices that drive action for animals. We know that when people experience aquatic animals up close, it motivates an emotional, empathetic response that shifts attitudes and fosters a personal responsibility for stewardship of local waters, global oceans, and wildlife. The aquarium is committed to being one of chicago's most accessible cultural institutions, offering illinois resident free days throughout the year, free admission every day as the nation's first aquarium to join the museums for all program, an everyday discount for chicago residents, students and senior citizens, and free admission for teachers, police and fire personnel, and active-duty military. Inside the aquarium walls, a suite of impactful guest engagements, including living exhibits and extraordinary experiences behind the scenes, create memorable connections to animals, while millions of additional learners worldwide make virtual connections through shedd's educational online platforms. The aquarium also shares shedd's mission by telling accessible, meaningful stories with the public through public relations and marketing efforts developed through the integration of conservation, learning programs, animal care and guest experience. As a proactive leader and resource for immersive informal science education opportunities, shedd offers progressive, relevant and engaging programs including afterschool programs, labs and workshops, and weeklong citizen science programs for teens in the great lakes and aboard its research vessel, the coral reef ii in the bahamas.

Animal Care


Shedd aquarium is home to the world's largest and most diverse aquatic collections - more than 32,000 representing over 1,500 species. A global leader in animal care, shedd's training and husbandry programs support onsite research efforts that contribute to the growing scientific body of knowledge about those species in the wild. Additionally, shedd's veterinarians are aquatic medicine pioneers who are advancing the fields of preventive medicine, aging care, and conservation medicine while providing world-class medical care that further expands understanding of how to support healthy animal populations in aquariums and in the wild. Shedd's animal care expertise also lends itself to crisis response around the world. Our animal response team frequently acts as a partner and advisor to international, federal, state and local government agencies, rescue and rehabilitation organizations, and fellow accredited zoos and aquariums for confiscated, orphaned or injured wildlife.

Conservation Science and Research


Shedd is located in chicago, but its research is worldwide. Its husbandry, veterinary and conservation programs are grounded in research that supports healthy animals at shedd and vibrant wild populations around the world. Shedd's conservation research programs work to maximize biodiversity while preserving local livelihoods, and field researchers often work side-by-side with citizen scientists to conserve wildlife and habitats for future generations. The aquarium's work includes more than two decades of research on bahamian rock iguanas, one of the world's most critically endangered lizards, as well as studies of queen conch, lobster, sharks and corals. Closer to home, shedd's great lakes research focuses on high priority wildlife and habitat conservation issues; the aquarium's applied studies support local and regional agencies in developing sound management plans that can protect this treasured national resource. Onsite, shedd's state-of-the-art facilities, and animal care experts serve as resources for research partners in chicago and around the united states. Onsite research provides valuable biological and behavioral information that informs understanding of species which are nearly impossible to study in the wild. In addition to sharing what it learns with the scientific community, shedd's onsite work also contributes to its own field research, such as health assessments of wild beluga whales.


Regina Rodriguez Chief Development Officer
Gary Gordon CFO
Joseph S. Braik Trustee
Richard W. Burke Sr. Trustee
Paul J. Carbone Trustee
William J. Chase Trustee
Elizabeth Hartigan Connelly Trustee
Scott L. Dille Trustee
David L. Epstein Trustee
Richard E. Erwin Trustee
Tyrone C. Fahner Trustee
Sarah N. Garvey Trustee
Brent Gledhill Trustee
H. John Gilbertson Jr. Trustee
Anders Gustafsson Trustee
Gavin D. K. Hattersley Trustee
John Hesselmann Trustee
Julie Andreeff Jensen Trustee
Richard L. Keyser Trustee
Brian A. Kenney Trustee
Thomas N. King Trustee
David J. Koo Trustee
Anne E. Krebs Trustee
Jerry Krulewitch Trustee
Anna M. Livingston Trustee
Harvey L. Miller Trustee
J. Jay Miller Trustee
Susan E. Morrison Trustee
Andrew Nocella Trustee
Christopher J. Oates Trustee
Ellen L. O'connor Trustee
Ginevra Reed Ralph Trustee
John F. Sandner Trustee
Rodd M. Schreiber Trustee
Nancy S. Searle Trustee
Lloyd A. Semple Jr. Trustee
Kimberly Simios Trustee
Sandra L. Simon Trustee
Alex Singla Trustee
Mary S. Smith Trustee
Guy E. Snyder Trustee
Steven J. Solomon Trustee
Tracy Souder Trustee
William C. Steers Trustee
Richard J. Tobin Trustee
Jane L. Warner Trustee
Reeve Byron Waud Trustee
Steve Weller Trustee
Bridget Coughlin President/ceo
Nancy Anschel SVP - Human Resources
Robert Wengel SVP - Facilities and Security
Meghan Curran SVP - Marketing, Sales, and Guest Relations
Michael Delfini Coo/executive VP
Daniel O'mahoney VP, Technology
Cheryl Mell SVP - Conservation Partnerships
Jo-elle Mogerman VP Learning
Jennifer Baryl SVP Board Liason & Organizational Governance
Timothy Binder EVP - Animal Care
Joyce Simon Former Exec. Vp/cfo
Source: IRS 990