Arlington, VA, January 24, 2017 - The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps, a national nonprofit youth development organization serving America's young people since 1962, has announced the selection of retired Navy Capt. Paul A. Zambernardi as its new executive director. Zambernardi will fill the vacancy created by Henry J. Nyland's retirement. The selection was made after a national search and selection process.

"We are very pleased to have Paul Zambernardi join the Naval Sea Cadet Corps as executive director," said John Alger, chair of the Naval Sea Cadet Corps' board of directors. "With his extensive and impressive nonprofit background, as well as his experience as a naval officer, we are very confident that Mr. Zambernardi is the right person to lead us as we continue to create the next generation of leaders in this country."

Zambernardi served in the U.S. Navy for 23 years as a naval aviator, flying the P-3 Orion aircraft. After his naval career, Zambernardi served in a variety of roles in the nonprofit, government and business sectors, including his former role as executive vice president of the Raskob Foundation in Wilmington, Del. Zambernardi previously served on the staff of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, and he was the chief financial officer of the United States Naval Academy Foundation and Alumni Association. He also was the director for a Mid-Atlantic financial advisory firm and president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation in Bozeman, Mont. Most recently, Zambernardi provided services as a private consultant focusing on strategic planning, implementation of nnovative services, and analysis and evaluation of organizational performance.

"I am immensely excited to have this opportunity to serve as the executive director of the U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps," Zambernardi said. "I hope to leverage my nonprofit sector experience to innovate and expand the already impactful Sea Cadet program."

Zambernardi is a native of Quincy, Mass., and a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, Class of 1970. He and his wife, Marsha, have two adult children and two grandchildren living in Annapolis, MD.

The U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization providing learning and leadership development opportunities to more than 9,000 cadets across the country.

Updated: February 25, 2017
Curator: Ed Moore