EarthEcho International Names Ann Korando as CEO

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July 17, 2014                         

Philippe Cousteau’s EarthEcho International Names Ann Korando as CEO

(Washington, DC) Environmental education and youth leadership organization EarthEcho International (www.earthecho.org) today announced the appointment of leading nonprofit industry executive Ann Korando to the position of Chief Executive Officer.  Korando will join EarthEcho’s Washington, D.C.-based staff beginning August 1, 2014, and will report to EarthEcho Founder and President, Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

“Ann’s extensive management and development experience coupled with her passion for growing the impact of science education make her the ideal choice to helm EarthEcho International as we expand our commitment and resources to youth and educators worldwide,” said Cousteau.

As CEO, Korando will work closely with Cousteau and EarthEcho’s Board of Directors to develop goals and strategies designed to grow the organization’s programs and reach, both domestically and internationally.   Korando will guide EarthEcho’s fundraising, program development, partnerships, and marketing efforts including the organization’s flagship program EarthEcho Expeditions.

“Inspiring and developing young leaders is my passion, and engaging them in the importance of our environment presents an incredible opportunity,” said Korando.  “I look forward to being part of this outstanding team to spread the reach and status of our organization and take EarthEcho to new levels of success.”

Korando is a highly accomplished non-profit professional and one of the country’s leading fundraisers for science education.  Korando joins EarthEcho from the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) where she served as Senior Director of Development with oversight for all aspects of that organization’s fundraising division.  Prior to joining NSTA, Korando founded BBFK, LTD, a private consulting practice focused on providing corporations, foundations and government agencies strategic guidance on fund raising strategies, public relations and program development. Her work included helping organizations raise money for existing programs, as well as designing and implementing new signature educational programs for corporations and non-profits in STEM education.  Previously, Korando was Director of Development, Public Relations and Events for Science Service, an organization dedicated to increasing the public’s understanding of Science through publications and competitions.  In this role, she secured Intel as title sponsor for both the Science Talent Search and the International Science and Engineering Fair and helped create and design the Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge.

About EarthEcho

EarthEcho International is a leading environmental non-profit organization committed to youth engagement, action, and leadership through education.  EarthEcho helps young people everywhere understand the critical role we play in the future of the planet through the one thing that connects us all – water.  EarthEcho International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded by siblings Philippe and Alexandra Cousteau in honor of their father Philippe Cousteau Sr., son of the legendary explorer Jacques Yves Cousteau.  For more information about EarthEcho International, visit www.earthecho.org.

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