President & CEO
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Marlene Spalten is a foundation executive leading one of the largest community foundations in Florida since 2012. She is experienced in creative and collaborative philanthropic services, grantmaking, and community leadership. During her tenure at the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, the annual grants have grown to more than $20 million while assets have more than doubled. In addition, under her leadership, the Foundation has dramatically expanded services for donors to include the Family Foundations Program, Corporate Giving Funds, Giving Circles, and Agency Reserve Funds to complement the expanding portfolio of Donor Advised Funds, Endowments, and Scholarships.
As a catalyst for community change, the Foundation has successfully launched major programs including the Mental Health First Aide Initiative. The Foundation also serves as the backbone organization for the LEAP Tampa Bay College Access Network and, in collaboration with other community partners, produces the annual Tampa Bay Regional Competitiveness Report.