Peter A. Mello
Peter A. Mello embarked on his nonprofit career in 2001 as executive director/ceo/board member of the American Sail Training Association (Tall Ships America), the largest sail training association in the world and the North American producer of Tall Ships® events. Mello launched the TALL SHIPS CHALLENGE®, a series of tall ships races and large maritime festivals in Atlantic, Pacific and Great Lakes port cities. During his tenure the CHALLENGE visited 36 North American cities attracting over 10 million spectators to waterfront neighborhoods and creating over $400 million of economic impact for host communities.
Mello served as the US country representative to Sail Training International, the UK based charity with a global mission advancing sail training and on the boards of the Rhode Island Citizens for the Arts; the New Bedford Port Society, the owners and managers of the historic Seamen’s Bethel; Mattapoisett Community Sailing Association; Quadequina Corporation aka Mattapoisett Casino (one of the oldest tennis club’s in America) and as Overseer of Sea Education Association, a college accredited tall ship semester at sea program.
In 2005 Mello was named a Rhode Island Foundation Fellow and designed a personal and professional development program on the topic of leadership which included participating in advanced management leadership programs The Art & Practice of Leadership Development at Harvard’s Kennedy School, the Leadership Journey at The Wharton School and the Executive Seminar at the Aspen Institute. Mello has a B.A. in Economics from Connecticut College and is a graduate of Tabor Academy in Marion, MA.
Mello lives in Mattapoisett, MA with his wife Jenny and children, Luke and Joy, and is a life-long mariner, photographer and hockey player.