Betsy Pennewill, Esq. is the Corporate Counsel at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. In this role, Betsy is responsible for ensuring all fund agreements reflect donor intent that can be successfully implemented by CFSC staff. This position also keeps up to date on all charitable giving legal matters to ensure CFSC is within the guidelines, and is also responsible for fostering excellent relationships with professional advisors and a portfolio of donors.
Betsy received her law degree magna cum laude from Stetson University College of Law in 1998. During law school, she was a member of Stetson Law Review and interned with The Honorable Alexander Paskay, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Middle District of Florida. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1998, and began her practice with a large law firm in Tampa with a focus on real estate transactions and corporate lending matters. Prior to moving to Bradenton in 2003, Betsy served as a Law Clerk for The Honorable Mark A. Pizzo, United States Federal Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Florida from 2000-2003.
Betsy is a member of The Florida Bar and its Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section; the Manatee County Bar Association; the Sarasota County Bar Association, the Estate Planning Council of Manatee County and the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council. Her community involvement includes being a board member of the Cotillion Club of Manatee County, a sustaining member of the Junior League of Manatee County (President 2006-2007) and volunteering with PACE Center For Girls, South Florida Museum, and Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School.