Hunter Carpenter (he/him) has had a lifelong passion for meaningful storytelling. Having grown up in Sarasota, he has a deep affiliation with our community and remains an active member in it, recording several hundred hours of volunteer service with local nonprofit organizations and receiving the Anne Frank Humanitarian Award in 2014.
Prior to joining the Community Foundation, he attended the University of Miami in Coral Gables, where he served as Executive Chair of Hurricane Productions, the largest student-run organization on campus, and worked as a Marketing Assistant at the Center for the Humanities. During university, he worked locally as a Communications Intern at Marie Selby Botanical Gardens and in Miami as a Digital Marketing Intern at Friday Media Group.
After graduating magna cum laude in 2018 with a B.B.A. in Marketing and History, he participated in the Japan Teaching and Exchange Program as an Assistant Language Teacher working at the grassroots level in northern Japan, where further developed his interest in helping others and reflected on how he could give back to his own community back in Sarasota. This journey brought him to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County in May 2019, joining the team as Manager of Communications and Marketing.
Outside of work, he divides his time among his various hobbies, including running, creative writing, and studying Japanese.
Awards & Accolades:
- Award of Distinction: FPRA 2020 Image Awards | Florida Public Relations Association Central West Coast Chapter
- Golden Image Award & Judges' Award: FPRA 2020 Golden Image Awards | Florida Public Relations Association West Coast Chapter
- Award of Distinction: FPRA 2021 Image Awards | Florida Public Relations Association Central West Coast Chapter