Laurie D. Hartsfield, Executive Director
Ms. Hartsfield has served the development profession for more than 15 years. Her experience includes directing healthcare non-profits and a trade association in all programmatic, cause-related marketing and development activities. After moving to Florida, she served as Florida Development Officer for the Trust for Public Land.
Since 1999, Ms. Hartsfield has served as a consultant for non-profit associations specializing in development audits; feasibility studies; capital campaign direction; campaign follow-up services; case development and marketing strategies; and public relations programs. Her diversified client base includes environmental, health, education, religious, and social service organizations. Between 1999 and 2003, Ms. Hartsfield helped various non-profits raise more than $16 million to further their organizational goals.
She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Knight Creative Communities Institute (KCCI), an organization housed at the Center for Workforce Development at Tallahassee Community College and created by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Ms. Hartsfield was selected from 125 candidates due to her communication and leadership skills, business and civic contacts, her management experience of volunteers and board members, as well as her fundraising expertise. She works closely with the Knight Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Florida, two of Tallahassee’s largest grant-making organizations to further the efforts of KCCI and its volunteers as they work on various initiatives aimed at growing Tallahassee’s local economy by attracting and retaining young professional talent and the creative sector.
Ms. Hartsfield is a member of Association of Fundraising Professionals, the Junior League of Tallahassee, and is actively involved in her church. Ms. Hartsfield has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in English.