New VP of Talent and Culture joins New England Aquarium


BOSTON, MASS. (June 7, 2021) – The New England Aquarium is pleased to welcome Lauren Hunter-Dyson as Vice President of Talent and Culture.

Hunter-Dyson began her professional career at the Aquarium in the early 2000s as a visitor education intern. An accomplished human resources professional, she most recently served as Interim Chief Human Resources Officer at Upstream USA, where she also held the role of National Director, Human Resources. There, she executed large-scale HR and operational change management initiatives including total rewards and compensation redesign. She also spearheaded diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

“We are thrilled that Lauren’s career has taken her full circle,” said Vikki N. Spruill, president and CEO of the New England Aquarium. “She brings with her significant expertise in HR leadership, operations, and strategic planning at a time when the Aquarium is in a recovery phase as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Previously, Hunter-Dyson served as the Secretariat Director of Human Resources, Diversity Director for the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. She also served on the Human Resource Advisory Council supporting the Commonwealth’s 40,000 employees. She has worked at Year Up, Inc., MAXIMUS, Inc., City on a Hill Charter Public Schools, the Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts, and Goodwill Industries. Hunter-Dyson holds a Master of Arts in Business Management from Cambridge College, a Certificate in Strategic Human Resource Leadership from Cornell University, and a Bachelor of Science in Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurship Studies from Johnson & Wales University.

“Joining, or should I say re-joining, the Aquarium is like a homecoming. From being a teen intern in the summer jobs program to leading the Talent and Culture function, I am delighted to be part of the Aquarium and its important work to protect the ocean and inspire others to do the same,” said Hunter-Dyson.

Since reopening to the public in February, the Aquarium has been offering a safe, educational, and fun visitor experience for people of all ages. In addition to being one of the premier visitor attractions in Boston and a major public education resource for the region, its research and rescue efforts build on the institution’s 50-year legacy of protecting the blue planet and advocating for vital and vibrant oceans.


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