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Marlene Spalten, President and CEO, Community Foundation Tampa Bay

March 25, 2024

Marlene Spalten is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation Tampa Bay. During her ten-year tenure, donor advised, and permanent assets have grown to more than $750 million while annual CFTB grants to the Tampa Bay community have grown to $72 million. In 2023, Marlene was named to the Tampa Bay Business Journal Power 100 list of influential community leaders. Marlene is a graduate of Cornell College and held leadership roles with Baptist Health Foundation and The Bolles School in Jacksonville, and Forman School in Connecticut. She has more than 30 years of philanthropy experience.

As a community leader, Marlene is Chair of the Board of Advisors of the Florida College Access Network (FCAN) and she serves on the Board of the Tampa Bay Chamber. She is Secretary of the Board of the International Women’s Forum (IWF Suncoast) and Chair of the Governance Committee. She also serves on the Community Advisory Boards for the Junior League of Tampa and Junior Achievement. She is a member of the Athena Society, several area Chambers and Economic Development Corps, and the Tampa Bay Partnership. Marlene is a former Board Member of the Florida Philanthropic Network (FPN) and Community Foundations of Florida (CFF).

Under her leadership, the Community Foundation serves as the convening organization for the LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network, Thrive by Five, and the Digital Inclusion Project. She is a member of both the Vision and Leadership Councils of LEAP, which was recognized in 2021 with the National College Attainment Network’s Award of Excellence, as Member of the Year. During her tenure, CFTB has successfully launched major initiatives including Mental Health First Aid training, and, in collaboration with the Tampa Bay Partnership, USF, and United Way Suncoast, produces the annual Tampa Bay Regional Competitiveness Report.

Specialties: Fundraising; Board and financial management, program development; community, donor and volunteer relations; grantmaking; strategic planning; partnership development and executive leadership.