Community Foundation Welcomes New Board Member

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Community Foundation of Sarasota County Welcomes New Board Member

Certified Financial Planner Laura Mattia, PH.D., MBA, CFP® will join the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—The Community Foundation of Sarasota County has appointed a new member to its 2022-2023 Board of Directors, which governs the organization, its charitable investments, and strategic decision-making.

Joining the board for a three-year term is Dr. Laura Mattia, who is currently a member of the Foundation’s Investment Committee. With credentials both in academia and business, Dr. Mattia brings a wealth of expertise to the board.

A Certified Financial Planner, Dr. Mattia is a fee-only comprehensive financial advisor, a member of NAPFA, and a fiduciary advocate. She has held CFO positions and been an advisor to top CEOs for their businesses and family offices.

Dr. Mattia also teaches CFPs how to create financial plans as fiduciaries at Texas Tech University and in finance service firms nationwide. Recently, she created a CFP-registered program at the Muma Business College, University of South Florida in Tampa. She has been an advocate for women pursuing financial careers, authoring the book “Gender on Wall Street: Uncovering Opportunities for Women in Financial Services.” She is the creator and director of the Women’s Money Empowerment program at the Women’s Resource Center and serves as a board member of the Suncoast Financial Planning Association.


About the Community Foundation of Sarasota County: The Community Foundation of Sarasota County is a public charity founded in 1979 by the Southwest Florida Estate Planning Council as a resource for caring individuals and the causes they support, enabling them to make a charitable impact on the community. With assets of $520 million in more than 1,570 charitable funds, the Community Foundation awarded grants and scholarships totaling $27.5 million dollars last year in the areas of education, the arts, health and human services, civic engagement, animal welfare and the environment. Since its founding, the Community Foundation has been able to grant more than $350 million to area nonprofit organizations to our community thanks to the generosity of charitable individuals, families, and businesses. For more information, visit or call (941) 955-3000.