3/14/2013: San Francisco Mayor Honors John Frawley

Mayor Lee Presents Certificate of Honor to Minnesota Native John Frawley, President and CEO of Aquarium of the Bay and The Bay Institute

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – March 14, 2013 - San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee, presented John Frawley, President and CEO of Aquarium of the Bay and The Bay Institute, with a Certificate of Honor on Thursday, Feb. 28 at the Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants Associations (FWMA) 10th Annual Crab Feed Dinner. At the same time, Frawley was honored by the FWMA “for his ongoing effort in protecting, restoring and inspiring the conservation of San Francisco Bay, as well as the preservation of historic Fisherman’s Wharf.” Frawley was also presented with a Certificate of Honor by the President of the Board of Supervisors, David Chiu. Frawley’s parents, Chuck and Joyce, flew in from Minnesota to join John and his wife Anita for this special occasion.

For 16 years, Frawley has provided leadership and inspiration at Aquarium of the Bay. Thanks to his hard work and dedication, Frawley transformed Aquarium of the Bay from a struggling commercial business to a successful non-profit marine nature center, accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and a certified San Francisco Green Business. In 2009, Frawley was appointed President and CEO of The Bay Institute, a partnering organization with Aquarium of the Bay, with a shared mission to restore the San Francisco Bay and its watershed. Frawley has since helped both organizations to tackle major challenges facing the environment.

Frawley is a former president of the Fisherman’s Wharf Merchants Association, a role he held from 2006-2009. He has also served on the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Board of Directors. Frawley currently sits on the Executive Board of the California Association of Zoos and Aquariums, as well as on the Board of the American Institute of Ethics.

A Minnesota native, Frawley holds a B.S. from Minnesota State University in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services with an emphasis in Wildlife and Resources Management/Biology.

About The Bay Institute:
The Bay Institute is the leader in protecting and restoring the entire watershed which drains into San Francisco Bay. For nearly 30 years, The Bay Institute has been developing and leading model scientific research, education and advocacy programs to preserve this watershed, which includes the Sacramento and the San Joaquin rivers and their tributaries; Suisun Marsh; San Pablo Bay; and San Francisco Bay. Additional information on The Bay Institute is available at bay.org.

About Aquarium of the Bay:
Aquarium of the Bay is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit marine nature center affiliated with The Bay Institute. The Aquarium’s mission is to protect, restore and inspire conservation of San Francisco Bay and its watershed - from the Sierra to the sea. It is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and certified as a Green Business by the City of San Francisco. Located just steps away from the beautiful San Francisco Bay and on the world famous Pier 39, Aquarium of the Bay boasts two magnificent crystal clear acrylic tunnels, holding 700,000 gallons of carefully maintained bay water between them, which is home to approximately 20,000 marine animals. Additional information on Aquarium of the Bay is available at aquariumofthebay.org.


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