Gulf Coast Community Foundation is pleased to announce that Sarasota County Commissioner Jon Thaxton has been hired as Director of Community Investment effective September 10, 2012.  Thaxton will work part-time until his term as Sarasota County Commissioner ends in mid-November at which point he will become a full-time staff member.

As Director of Community Investment, Jon will engage donors and community partners through initiatives in workforce, economic development and other Gulf Coast priorities that will result in systemic improvements throughout the region.

“Jon brings a rich blend of local history and strategic vision which will match perfectly with our current staff,” said Teri A Hansen, president and CEO.  “We are excited he has decided to join us as he completes his public service career in Sarasota.”

“Jon was selected over dozens of applicants from around the country,” added Mark Pritchett, senior vice president for community investment.  “He can step right in and help us with a variety of important issues like unemployment, homelessness, and education.”