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Shedd's Chief Development Officer, Gina Rodriguez, stands in front of Shedd's historic bronze doors.

Gina Rodriguez

Chief Development Officer

Gina Rodriguez oversees Shedd’s development programs and staff, stewarding the vital funding from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources that allows the aquarium to advance its mission.

Education

B.A., French literature, University of California, San Diego

Gina Rodriguez, who joined Shedd Aquarium in 2017 as its first chief development officer, oversees development programs and staff. Her focus is on building and expanding the vital funding from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources that allows the aquarium to advance its efforts. She also oversees Shedd’s more than 25,000-household membership community.

Rodriguez has nearly 20 years of fundraising experience with established not-for-profit organizations. For the last seven years, she served as chief advancement officer for the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, where she oversaw strategy for the completion of the school’s multimillion-dollar capital and endowment campaign. Earlier in her career she held the positions of annual corporate and foundation gifts officer at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, director of institutional advancement at the Ancona School in Chicago, and membership officer at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego.

Rodriguez graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a B.A. in French literature and minor in computer science.