Development

Aaron Virgin

Aaron Virgin

Philanthropy Officer

Aaron comes to the Mote Family after spending more than two decades working for international, regional and grassroots organizations committed to natural resource protection and problem-solving through science-based policymaking decisions. During his career, he has raised funds to build coalition groups on a host of issues, such as: comprehensive funding mechanisms for land and water protection, monitoring endangered wildlife species threatened by human impacts, and habitat restoration initiatives to promote greater biological diversity.

Prior to Mote, Aaron served as Vice President of Group for the East End, a regional conservation organization based on eastern Long Island, NY. At the Group, he leveraged funding to create partnerships to expand wildlife stewardship and diversify outreach educational opportunities. Before the Group, he worked in several national, state and local fundraising and leadership capacities for the National Audubon Society. During this time, Aaron had the unique opportunity to lead ecotourism trips throughout the world - Cuba, Hawai'i, Libya, Mali, Senegal, The Gambia - for Audubon's most influential supporters.

Aaron is excited to be at Mote during a time of ambitious growth and frontier-breaking research. He looks forward to sharing his passion for the natural world with Mote's supporters and learning what excites them about Mote's critical work.

Education

M.P.S. | Wildlife Ecology & Management - College of Environmental Science & Forestry, Syracuse University

B.A. | Environmental Science & Natural Resource Management - Plattsburgh State University