Amid exponential growth in its community impact and operational needs, the Barancik Foundation hired Jessica Polk for the newly created position of operations manager.
In 2018, the Foundation increased its grantmaking by 50 percent and launched three new initiatives—First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, Teacher Recruitment|Retention and Mental Health Environmental Scan.
Previously with Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Ms. Polk will add depth to the existing staff team of three by managing a host of internal functions essential to the foundation’s operations. “Jessica is incredibly talented,” said Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “Her knowledge of the inner workings of a foundation will help us as we continue to expand our impact and make a meaningful difference in Sarasota.”
Ms. Polk served as the corporate secretary, special assistant to the President|CEO and supported the community investment team at Gulf Coast. She also worked in international business development for MoneyShow, producing conferences in London, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Vancouver.