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William “Billy” Spitzer, Ph.D.

Vice President, Learning and Community

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Ph.D., Marine Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, 1989
B.A., Chemistry and Physics, Harvard University, 1983


William Spitzer is responsible for oversight of exhibit design, visitor experience, volunteer, and education programs as well as institutional strategic planning. He has more than 20 years of experience in leading science education initiatives. He leads the New England Aquarium’s climate change education initiatives including the National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation (NNOCCI) and oversees the Anderson Cabot Center’s Marine Conservation Leadership Program.

His work focuses on developing the next generation of ocean stewards through a variety of programs that combine learning, service, and stewardship while focusing on key issues such as climate change and habitat protection. These efforts include immersive experiential learning and citizen science opportunities for youth; workplace learning and career development for teens; volunteer service and stewardship programs for adults; and interpretation and communication training for staff. All involve a range of collaborations and capacity building initiatives with other organizations in Boston, New England, and across the United States.

  1. Awards

    Recognized by the White House as a Champion of Change for Engaging the Next Generation of Conservation Leaders, 2014

    Visionary Award from the Gulf of Maine Council for innovation, creativity, and commitment to marine protection, 2016

  2. News