In January 2019, Amanda Nickeson followed her dream and accepted the position of Executive Director of Development for Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. She has always felt a deep connection to the ocean and its boundless wonders, despite calling Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, her hometown.
- Prior to joining Harbor Branch, Nickeson spent 11 years at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) serving as Director of Philanthropy for the Central Appalachians and West Virginia programs. Her efforts to build a new-model for fundraising in a wealth-poor region gained organization-wide attention and serves as an example for programs facing similar challenges.
- Nickeson was the Director of Development at WQED, Pittsburgh’s PBS station prior to joining TNC. She recounts time spent with Mister Rogers as a career highlight, as well as her Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination.
- California University of Pennsylvania: MA Geography and Regional Planning; BS Special Education