Mike Starkey to lead Community Foundation of Tampa Bay as Board Chair

Starkey brings expertise and passion for the community to the Board

TAMPA, Fla. (July 29, 2021) – The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has elected Mike Starkey as the Chair of its Board of Trustees.

Starkey is vice president of strategic account solutions at New York City-based LivePerson, an artificial intelligence tool that helps some of the world’s largest brands engage with online customers in a conversational way.

He has served on the Community Foundation’s Board of Trustees since 2014, and previously chaired its Governance and Investment committees. He was President of the Economic Club of Tampa in 2015, and his significant commitments to the community include the Outback Bowl, Hyde Park United Methodist Church, Easter Seals, and Metropolitan Ministries.

“We’re grateful that Mike will generously share his time and talents with our organization and our community,” said Marlene Spalten, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. “His leadership will guide the Community Foundation in inspiring philanthropy and contributing to a meaningful and lasting impact on our region.”

Oscar J. Horton, CEO of Tampa-based Sun State International Trucks, is Treasurer and Linda O. Simmons, president of Tampa-based R.R. Simmons, is Secretary. Robert H. Mohr, a Sun City Center, Florida-based attorney, is now Past Chair.

About the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Founded in 1990, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay connects donors, nonprofits, community and business leaders, professional advisors, volunteers and residents to make the maximum positive impact in the Tampa Bay region. For 30 years, the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay has been dedicated to making giving easy and meaningful for donors as a way to strengthen nonprofit organizations and build a better, more vibrant community. Since its inception, its donors have enabled the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay to award more than $280 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the country.


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