John Annis, ‘15
Senior Vice President, Community Foundation of Sarasota County: Sarasota, FL
John Annis is the Senior Vice President of Community Investment at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In this role, he leads the team responsible for grants, scholarships and nonprofit services including The Giving Partner.
Previously, John worked at the Collins Center for Public Policy as Vice President of Public Policy, responsible for all strategic and operational issues, including marketing, outreach and communications for public policy projects. Prior to that, he was the Director of Customer Services at the Herald-Tribune Media Group where he also served on the executive team and editorial board.
The majority of John’s professional experience comes from more than 24 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to retiring in 2002, he served in a number of roles including combat water survival instructor, legal services chief, equal opportunity advisor and recruiter. John rounded out his military career as the Sergeant Major of Recruiting Station New Orleans, Louisiana, the largest recruiting station in the eastern recruiting region. In addition to John’s corporate and military experience, he has a long history of volunteering and supporting nonprofit organizations. He most recently completed his term as Board Chair of the United Way of Manatee County.
John jokes that he did not fall in love with Sarasota – he fell in love with someone from Sarasota. His wife Regina, also a retired Marine was born and raised in Sarasota. They have two boys Daniel and Anthony. Anthony recently joined the Marine Corps and is stationed at Twentynine Palms in California. They are now empty nesters except for their Jack Russell Terrier, Needy. John enjoys reading, most sports and hearing stories from volunteers, staff, board members and donors about the amazing work being done by nonprofit organizations in our community.
Ascend Fellow in the News:
- Sarasota: A glimpse into American poverty’s future, Fortune, June 2015.