Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Florida Philanthropic Network board of directors has announced the appointment of its next President & CEO Stacy Carlson, Ph.D. after a comprehensive national search. She will assume responsibilities April 11. As president & CEO, Carlson will shape FPN’s vision, strategy, mission and goals as well as develop membership strategy and lead planning, management and implementation of FPN’s policy and advocacy work.
“We are pleased to welcome Stacy to FPN, where she will continue to give Florida philanthropy a voice and strengthen our member network,” said Florida Blue Foundation Vice President and FPN Board Chair Susan Towler. “FPN was founded on the belief that innovative leadership and a unified voice are essential to successful philanthropic endeavors. Stacy’s proven leadership paired with her extensive policy background will help FPN build upon these beliefs as we move into our next phase.”
Carlson has close to 10 years of experience in foundation development and capacity building. Currently Helios Education Foundation Vice President and Program Director, College and Career Readiness, Carlson works in conjunction with Helios’ community investment team to identify partnership opportunities and implement the foundation's strategic investment goals in Florida. Carlson previously served as Consortium of Florida Education Foundations executive director, where she spearheaded the group's legislative and funding initiatives, advocated for education policy and helped member foundations build organizational capacity.
“It is an honor and privilege to be selected as president and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network, and I am excited about bringing my expertise and knowledge to bear to help shape the future course of this dynamic organization,” said Carlson. “The role of philanthropy is critical across communities in our state, and FPN is uniquely positioned and well respected as the sector’s voice as we work collectively to resolve the pressing challenges of our time.”
Carlson has served in leadership roles at the state and national level, including serving as chair of the Florida Education Foundation Board, chair of FPN’s Education Funders Affinity Group, co-chair of the National Collaborative for Student Success and co-chair of the Grantmakers for Education Annual National Conference.
A graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XXXII, Carlson is also a founding board member of the National Schools Foundation Association and author of “From Better to Best: Practical Strategies to Boost Efficiency in Your Education Foundation,” a strategy guide to enhance the effectiveness of education foundations and improve financial return.
Carlson received her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Florida and holds a Master of Education from Harvard University. She also holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Florida. Carlson is actively involved in the Tampa Bay community and serves as The Junior League of Tampa’s President for 2015-2016.