Nauticus Mission Statement
We exist to benefit our community through education, impactful experiences and by sharing access to maritime resources.
To become the leading maritime and science discovery center in the region.
The Nauticus Foundation
The Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, supports the mission and activities of Nauticus. The Nauticus Foundation is responsible for annual and capital fundraising, the development and expansion of Museum exhibits to include traveling exhibitions; educational programming centered around the principles of Nauticus’ STEM to STERN curriculum; interpretation and preservation efforts aboard the Battleship Wisconsin; community support such as the Student Access Program and scholarships for the Sail Nauticus Academy; and preservation, maintenance and programming aboard the schooner Virginia and Sail Nauticus’ sailing center.
Nauticus Board of Directors
Nauticus is led by a distinguished group of business leaders from the Hampton Roads community. This board oversees all governance, policy formation, fiscal management, strategic planning and fundraising for the campus on the downtown Norfolk waterfront, which includes Nauticus, the Battleship Wisconsin, Sail Nauticus, and the Half Moone Cruise & Celebration Center.
Paul D. Fraim
Fraim & Fiorella, PC
CEO& Director Emeritus, Virginia Port Authority
President & CEO, ITA Global Security
Newport News, VA
Kelsey Host Sarcone
T. Parker Host
VADM David Architzel USN (Ret.)
Senior Vice President, Private Banking, TowneBank
Vice President of Operations, Capital Concrete
RADM Charles “Chuck” J. Beers, USN, (Ret.)
Old Dominion University
Wolcott, Rivers, Gates
Virginia Beach, VA
Jordan A. Watkins
International Trade Manager,
Virginia Economic Development Partnership
Senior Vice President, NAI Dominion
Edward W. Wolcott, Jr.
Wolcott, River, Gates
Virginia Beach, VA