Tampa, Fla. (April 22, 2019) – Jesse Coraggio, Ph.D. is now vice president of community impact at The Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, which connects donors, nonprofits, community and business leaders, and residents to make the maximum positive impact in the Tampa Bay region.
In this role, Coraggio provides oversight and leadership to the Foundation as it creates opportunities for philanthropic giving and positive change within the community. He develops and manages the Foundation’s relationships with area nonprofit organizations and donors to identify emerging issues and potential solutions.
“Jesse’s work will help the Foundation facilitate more meaningful relationships between philanthropists and thought leaders in the community,” said Marlene Spalten, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay. “Our team – and community – can benefit from his deep expertise.”
Coraggio is a recognized expert in student success, organizational change, and community and civic engagement. His work has been published, and he has presented at more than 85 conferences, including American Association of College Trustees, American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Institutes, the Association of Institutional Research, American Educational Research Association and National Council on Measurement in Education.
He has also consulted on student success with systems and colleges in five different states. In 2016, Coraggio was selected into the inaugural class of the Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence, a rigorous, executive leadership program focused on higher education reform led by the Aspen Institute and Stanford University.
Coraggio is heavily involved in the community through roles such as chair of the Seminole Educational Ecosystem and as a member of the Leadership Council for LEAP Tampa Bay. He is a former chair of the Florida College System’s Council of Instructional Affairs (CIA) and a former president of the Florida Association for Institutional Research (FAIR).
Prior to joining the Foundation, Coraggio was the vice president of strategic impact at St. Petersburg College (SPC). In that role, he was a part of the College’s senior leadership team and executive council. He oversaw the College’s academic services, marketing and strategic communications, Center of Excellence for Teaching and Learning, and institutional research, effectiveness, grants and curriculum.
Coraggio is an alum of the University of South Florida. He holds a Doctor in Philosophy and Master of Education in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis in measurement and evaluation. He earned a bachelor of arts in communications.
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 more than 25 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 $200 million in grants to nonprofit organizations.
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