Ed. Leadership alumna heads Florida Philanthropic Network

Stacy Carlson

Stacy Carlson

UF College of Education alumna Stacy Carlson (PhD ‘11, educational leadership and administration) is the new president and CEO of the Florida Philanthropic Network.

Carlson previously was vice president and program director of College and Career Readiness at Helios Education Foundation in Tampa. Over the years, she worked closely with the college’s Lastinger Center for Learning on several educational outreach initiatives in school districts across the state that were supported by Helios’ investments.

At Tampa-based FPN, Carlson heads a statewide membership network of nearly 120 philanthropic organizations working “to build philanthropy to build a better Florida.” She will shape the network’s vision, strategy and mission; develop membership programs, and lead planning, management and implementation of FPN’s policy and advocacy work.

“Dr. Carlson is a highly accomplished professional who is deeply respected by Florida’s governmental, educational, philanthropic and social sector leaders,” UF Lastinger Center Director Don Pemberton said. “In particular, Stacy and Helios Education Foundation championed the Lastinger Center’s development of a new STEM education model for our school improvement efforts across Florida.”

Carlson has 10 years’ experience in foundation development and capacity building. She previously worked as executive director of Consortium of Florida Education Foundations. She is a founding board member of the National Schools Foundation Association and author of a philanthropy strategy guide titled “From Better to Best: Practical Strategies to Boost Efficiency in Your Education Foundation.”

Along with her doctorate from UF, Carlson has a master’s in education from Harvard University. She also is the 2015-16 president of The Junior League of Tampa.


Writer: Katelin Mariner, (352) 273-4449