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NAUTICUS Mission Statement

NAUTICUS inspires and educates with engaging & interactive experiences that celebrate our connections with today’s maritime world. Nauticus is a contemporary museum that uses the natural setting of Norfolk’s harbor to showcase global maritime commerce and the world’s largest Navy.

The Nauticus Foundation

The Nauticus Foundation is the nonprofit, 501(c)3 organization established to support the mission and activities of NAUTICUS. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has raised funds within the community to support the construction of the Museum including the development and expansion of Museum exhibits; educational programming centered around the principles of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math(STEM); preservation and maintenance of the Battleship Wisconsin; and the development of the Sail Nauticus Community Sailing Center and Sailing Academy.


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.


Edward W. Wolcott, Jr.
Wolcott, River, Gates
Virginia Beach, VA


Paul D. Fraim
Fraim & Fiorella, PC
Norfolk, VA


J.J. Keever 
Virginia Beach, VA


Kari Jacobs
President & General Manager, WVEC
Norfolk, VA

VADM David Architzel USN (Ret.)
Suffolk, VA

Maryellen Baldwin
President & CEO, Navy League Hampton Roads
Virginia Beach, VA

Judy Barrett
Senior Vice President, Private Banking, TowneBank
Norfolk, VA

Sarah Beasley
Vice President of Operations, Capital Concrete
Norfolk, VA

RADM Charles “Chuck” J. Beers, USN, (Ret.)
Norfolk, VA

RADM Jeffrey A. Brooks, USN (Ret.)
Chesapeake, VA

Captain J. William Cofer
President, Virginia Pilot Association
Virginia Beach, VA

William W. “Bill” Crow
President, Virginia Ship Repair Association
Norfolk, VA

Allen Fabijan
Creative Director, Sinclair Communications
Norfolk, VA

Elaine Holt

Mark Honecker
Executive Director,
Chief of Staff Fleet Forces Command,
U.S. Fleet Forces Command

Norfolk, VA

VADM Alexander Krekich, USN, (Ret)
Norfolk, VA

John Reinhart
CEO/Executive Director, Virginia Port Authority
Norfolk, VA

Glenn Sutch
President – Waterside District
Norfolk, VA

Jordan A. Watkins
International Trade Manager,
Virginia Economic Development Partnership

Norfolk, VA

Elizabeth Weller
Executive Vice President of Administration,
Gold Key PHR Hotels & Resorts
Virginia Beach, VA

Ed Whitmore
President, Norfolk Tug Company
Norfolk, VA

Matt Wilbricht
Senior Vice President, CBRE-Hampton Roads
Norfolk, VA