Director of Development
Amanda Nickeson is a dedicated fundraising professional with nearly two decades of experience in cultivating major gifts for non-profit organizations. Nickeson grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and has always felt a deep connection to the ocean and its' great wonders. In January 2019, she decided to follow her dream and accepted the position of Director of Development for Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.
Before joining FAU's Harbor Branch, Amanda spent over ten 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 now serves as an example for programs facing similar challenges. During her time at TNC, Amanda fostered the "One Conservancy" spirit by cultivating major gifts for programs across TNC—from the Caribbean to Africa and beyond.
Amanda was the director of development at WQED, Pittsburgh's PBS station before joining TNC. She recounts time spent with Mister Rogers as a career highlight, as well as her Mid-Atlantic Emmy nomination.
Amanda has a Master of Arts in Geography and Regional Planning and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education, both from California University of Pennsylvania. She lives in Vero Beach with her two dogs, Oliver and Sheldon.
If you would like to support FAU Harbor Branch's Ocean Science for a Better World, contact Nickeson to make a generous gift at firstname.lastname@example.org.