Roger Germann

Executive Vice President

As a member of the executive leadership team, Roger Germann provides strategic counsel to the president and CEO and the board of trustees, as well as oversees many special projects for the aquarium. Since joining Shedd in 2000, he has cultivated and maintained Shedd’s status as a top-attended cultural institution, evolved the public relations and communications program to spread Shedd’s mission to millions of people through local and national media, and created a dedicated external affairs and government relations program that has fostered relationships with elected officials, state and federal agencies, community organizations and advocates, sports teams and celebrities, and zoological leaders around the globe. He also oversaw the direction and growth of the aquarium’s largest binational conservation program focused on Great Lakes science, action and awareness initiatives.

Germann serves in leadership roles on several national committees and is the current chairman of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Aquarium Affairs Committee and a member of the University of Illinois-Chicago Board of Visitors. Germann’s previous leadership positions include past chair of AZA’s Public Relations Committee, founding member of AZA’s Saving Animals From Extinction (SAFE) Steering Committee and an appointment to the Illinois State Treasurer’s Economic Development Task Force.

Germann earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois-Chicago. He serves on several boards and volunteers his time as a coach and community leader.


Roger Germann, EVP Education and Conservation, Great Lakes and SustainabilityEvery animal has a special place in my heart, but my favorite is 15-year-old beluga whale Kayavak. The story of Shedd's 24/7 care to hand-raise her into a healthy and thriving animal had a strong impact and reconnected me with Shedd. That was about a year before I joined our organization.

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