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Meet: Leeds Hackett, Board Member

Leeds HackettLeeds Hackett has spent most of his life living and working in New York City. He was first introduced to the Chesapeake Bay region in 1995, when his company sponsored a charity bike ride in Chestertown. He loved the area, and moved here after his retirement 10 years ago with his wife, Vicky. They especially enjoy exploring the Bay’s tributaries by boat.

Leeds and Vicky discovered the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum shortly after becoming full-time residents. Leeds loves everything about the Museum, and hopes that guests will dedicate the time needed to “take it all in,” especially the boatyard. “The museum is a great spot to bring friends and family who are visiting, and it’s a wonderful way for guests to have an authentic Chesapeake Bay experience, said Leeds. “CBMM is also an incredible educational resource. The museum’s education programs and exhibitions explore how the area has evolved, and highlight the important role of the watermen in the Bay’s history.”

For Leeds, the Museum’s greatest strength is in the contributions made to local communities. The Museum brings a presence to St. Michaels and the Chesapeake Bay, and attracts people from all over. CBMM captures the culture and history of the Bay and the watermen’s community, and presents it in an instructive way to members and guests alike.

Leeds was elected to the Board of Governors in 2014, and has remained an active participant since. Serving as co-chair of the investment committee, Leeds has particularly enjoyed working on endowment management.

“CBMM is important to understanding the history of the area,” Leeds said. “It contributes to all communities; business, minority, and others–its programs and events are open to all.”

CBMM would like to thank Leeds for his time and dedication to the Museum!