Dr. Jeffrey R. Boehm joined The Marine Mammal Center as its Executive Director in 2008 from the famed John G. Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois where he was the Senior Vice President of Animal Health and Conservation Science, Louis Family Conservation chair, and joint chair for the Great Lakes Conservation Awareness initiative. Dr. Boehm oversees The Marine Mammal Center's Sausalito headquarters and its operations in Monterey Bay, San Luis Obispo, and Fort Bragg.
During his 16 years at the Shedd Aquarium, Dr. Boehm helped develop and implement the aquarium's annual operating and capital budgets and provided leadership in strategic short and long range planning. Dr. Boehm led and coordinated the institution's conservation science division, including conservation partnerships, in-house programs, and educational and advocacy programs and partnerships. He was also instrumental in influencing the design of the aquarium's exhibits and holding facilities, ensuring that the safety and health of the animals were maintained.
Prior to employment at the Shedd Aquarium in 1991, Dr. Boehm worked as a zoo veterinarian at the Los Angeles Zoo providing veterinary care for exotic animals. In 1990, he completed an internship in small animal medicine with the West Los Angeles Veterinary Medical Group. A Marin County native, Dr. Boehm volunteered at The Marine Mammal Center while at the College of Marin. Dr. Boehm is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego, where he received his bachelor's degree, and the University of California, Davis, where he received his degree in veterinary medicine. His professional affiliations include: American Zoo and Aquarium Association, American Veterinary Medical Association, International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, and the Society for Marine Mammalogy.