March 26, 2019
Robyn Branco Named Executive Director of Marion Institute

Robyn Branco
February 27, 2018 — The Marion Institute, a nonprofit based in Marion that works to advance social change locally and worldwide, recently announced the appointment of Robyn Branco as executive director.

Branco succeeds Janet Milkman, who stepped down December 2016 after serving in the post for a year to become executive director of the Barnstable Land Trust. Branco has been fulfilling many functions of the executive director role, working with Margherita Baldwin, co-founder of the Marion Institute.

Michael Baldwin, co-founder and board president of the institute, said, “Robyn has been a loyal member of the Marion Institute team for over five years and has played an integral role in our continued success and development. She adds a breadth of experience and understanding of the work of the Marion Institute in the greater New Bedford nonprofit community. She has a deep commitment to our core values and mission and a capacity to strategically guide us forward in developing relationships that will allow us to broaden our impact.”

Branco has more than 16 years of nonprofit development, fundraising, communications, and marketing experience. Before joining the institute in 2012, she had been events manager for the New Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce. Prior to that she served as associate director of the Portuguese American Leadership Council of the United States in Virginia.

She previously served as the Marion Institute’s development & programs director.

“The Marion Institute has always strived to enhance the quality of life for our neighbors here in the South Coast and I feel privileged to be a part of this work. I look forward to building stronger connections among our current programs and partners to expand the impact of our work,” Branco said. “I am especially excited about identifying and cultivating leaders in my hometown to strengthen our communities, promote healthy living, and increase sustainability initiatives.”

Branco earned a Bachelor of Science degree in natural resource studies and a minor in anthropology from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In 2011 she was named one of the New England Business Bulletin’s top young professionals.

Branco is active in cultural organizations, including the Azorean Maritime Heritage Society, where she serves as a board member.

Founded in 1992, the Marion Institute serves as an organizational hub for programs focused on innovative approaches to healthcare, community-building, and sustainability, and regularly brings thought leaders from around the world to the south coast of Massachusetts to share ideas and expand the impact of their work.

The institute also acts as a fiscal sponsor for a range of smaller organizations that are working toward their charitable certification.

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