Return to CFSC Staff Page: administration

Mischa Kirby, APR

Vice President, Strategy and Communications

Responsible for developing the Foundation’s strategic position and leading the teams responsible for data-supported understanding of our region, and for executing marketing and communications.


Mischa Kirby, APR

Mischa Kirby, APR, is Vice President of Strategy & Communications at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

As a member of the foundation’s leadership team, Mischa is responsible for developing our strategic position and long-range planning. She leads the teams responsible for assessing and analyzing community needs, and sharing successes, solutions and partnership opportunities to improve our community through external communications, including public relations, marketing and events.

An accredited professional with more than 20 years of experience, Mischa combines her experiences in journalism, agency, and nonprofit management to develop long-term relationships and programs shared through thoughtful (and award-winning) communications campaigns.

Mischa earned a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Florida and holds an accreditation in public relations (APR) from the Universal Accreditation Board. In 2022 she successfully completed Harvard Kennedy School's Executive Education Program "Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change." Mischa joined the foundation in 2018 and has held various volunteer roles in the community, including that of a past president of the local chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association, and is a graduate of the Leadership Sarasota County program, and is a current member of its Leadership Council.

Mischa and her husband, Chet, live in Venice with their daughter. Mischa finds inspiration enjoying the outdoors and through poetry.