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TEDxDirigo: RISE State Theatre, Portland, Maine


  • 2010
  • Education

Don Perkins has served as the Gulf of Maine Research Institute’s President & CEO since 1995. Don manages GMRI’s evolution as a strategic science, education, community institution catalyzing solutions to the complex challenges of ocean stewardship and economic growth in the Gulf of Maine bioregion.

Don brings an eclectic mix of private sector and not-profit sector experience to GMRI. Prior to joining GMRI, he instructed at the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School, directed the Marin Conservation Corps in California, served as a financial advisor to Native American tribes, and managed the operations of Binax, Inc., a medical diagnostics company.

Don has been active in the marine resource arena on multiple levels. He currently serves as a director with the Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation and the Maine Innovation Economy Advisory Board. He previously co-chaired the Governor’s Ocean Energy Task Force and served on the boards of the Gulf of Maine Ocean Observing System, Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment, the Maine Department of Marine Resources Advisory Council, and the Maine Legislature’s Task Force on the Development of Aquaculture. He was co-founder of Friends of Casco Bay. Outside the marine market, Don serves as a director of MMG Insurance.

Don holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Dartmouth College and a M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. His joys are his family, an early morning swim, and a day climbing, sailing, or skiing.