Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida


September 14, 2018

Amid exponential growth in its community impact and operational needs, the Barancik Foundation hired Jessica Polk for the newly created position of operations manager.  In 2018, the Foundation increased its grantmaking by 50 percent and launched three new initiatives—First 1,000 Days Sarasota County, Teacher Recruitment|Retention and Mental Health Environmental Scan.

Previously with Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Ms. Polk will add depth to the existing staff team of three by managing a host of internal functions essential to the foundation’s operations.  “Jessica is incredibly talented,” said Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of Barancik Foundation. “Her knowledge of the inner workings of a foundation will help us as we continue to expand our impact and make a meaningful difference in Sarasota.”

Ms. Polk served as the corporate secretary, special assistant to the President|CEO and supported the community investment team at Gulf Coast. She also worked in international business development for MoneyShow, producing conferences in London, Hong Kong, Toronto, and Vancouver.

About Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation

The Charles and Margery Barancik family has long believed in the power of philanthropy to shape our world and enrich the lives of all people. It was the expression of this belief that led them in 2014 to establish the Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation—a private, family foundation located in Sarasota, Florida. The Barancik Foundation creates initiatives and awards grants in Sarasota and beyond in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment, and medical research. For further information, visit or contact Kelly Romanoff at

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