Executive Vice President,
External Affairs, Communications & PR, Great Lakes and Sustainability
As executive vice president of Great Lakes and sustainability, Roger Germann was appointed by Shedd Aquarium’s president and CEO to direct the aquarium’s largest conservation initiative, focused on the Great Lakes. Germann oversees Shedd’s Great Lakes science and field research, exhibits, communications plans and public awareness programs. Germann is also an appointed member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes Advisory Board. In this prestigious role, he provides counsel to the federal agency’s administrator on matters pertaining to Great Lakes restoration and protection as well as the implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative.
During his tenure, Germann has led the Great Lakes strategic planning, organizational integration and business development process with the aquarium’s president, board chair, board of trustees and staff. Under his leadership, the aquarium has successfully implemented international projects and public awareness efforts around the Great Lakes basin that promote collaborative problem solving for the region’s pressing conservation challenges. As a result of this work, Shedd has been recognized as one of the Great Lakes’ education and conservation leaders.
Germann leads Great Lakes science and awareness efforts on multiple fronts, including working closely with federal, state and city governments and agencies to develop long-term solutions for invasive Asian carp. As the aquarium’s Great Lakes liaison, he’s built strong working relationships with international, national and state committees and coalitions. With his successful record of securing media placements for the aquarium in international and national outlets, Germann is also Shedd’s primary spokesman for Great Lakes conservation.
Before joining Shedd, Germann served as press secretary to the Illinois state treasurer, worked for a successful public relations agency and is the former deputy press secretary for the Illinois State Legislature. He serves on several national public relations and government affairs committees, and is the immediate past chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Public Relations Committee. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.