Marion Institute announces new executive director

Feb 26, 2018
Courtesy of: The Marion Institute Robyn Branco is the Marion Institute's new executive director.

Marion — The Marion Institute, a nonprofit organization that has worked to foster positive social change since 1993, has has chosen Robyn Branco as its new executive director.

Branco will fill the vacancy created by Janet Milkman’s departure in December 2016. The selection was made after Branco stepped in to fill many aspects of the Executive Director role, working in tandem with Margherita Baldwin, co-founder of the Marion Institute and acting Executive Director during the interim.

“We are very pleased to announce this appointment,” said Michael Baldwin, Marion Institute co-founder and President of the Board of Directors. “Robyn has been a loyal member of the Marion Institute team for over five years and has played an integral role in our continued success and development. She adds a breadth of experience and understanding of the work of the Marion Institute in the greater New Bedford nonprofit community. She has a deep commitment to our core values and mission and a capacity to strategically guide us forward in developing relationships that will allow us to broaden our impact.”

Branco has over 16 years of development, fundraising, communications and marketing experience in the nonprofit sector.  A New Bedford native, she worked in nonprofit development and event coordination in both San Francisco and Washington, DC, before returning to New Bedford in 2007.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resource Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. In 2011 she was named one of the New England Business Bulletin’s top young professionals.

Branco is active in cultural organizations such as the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, where she serves as a Board Member. She previously served as the Marion Institute’s Development & Programs Director, and has been with the organization since 2012.

“The Marion Institute has always strived to enhance the quality of life for our neighbors here in the South Coast and I feel privileged to be a part of this work. I look forward to building stronger connections among our current programs and partners to expand the impact of our work,” Branco said. “I am especially excited about identifying and cultivating leaders in my hometown to strengthen our communities, promote healthy living, and increase sustainability initiatives.”

The Marion Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and the organizational hub for programs focused on innovative approaches to healthcare, community-building, and sustainability: Grow Education, Southcoast Energy Challenge, Connector Series, BioMed Network, and the Bioregulatory Medicine Institute.

The Marion Institute also acts as a fiscal sponsor for a range of smaller organizations which are working toward their charitable certification and are in need of administrative support and guidance. The Marion Institute strives to inspire and connect people of diverse backgrounds with the common goal of fostering positive social change.

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