annis.jpgJohn Annis

John Annis is the Senior Vice President of Collaboration and Impact for Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation where he is part of a team committed to promoting meaningful changes in the areas of education, humanitarian causes, arts and culture, the environment and medical research.

John is passionate about creating intergenerational cycles of opportunity for children and their families. Because of his work in this area, he was named as Aspen Institute Ascend Fellow in 2015. Ascend Fellows work across sectors to advance economic security, educational success and health and well-being.

Previously, John worked at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County where he led the department responsible for grants, scholarships and nonprofit services; the Collins Center for Public Policy where he was the Vice President of Public Policy; and the Herald-Tribune Media Group where he was the Director of Customer Services and a member of the executive team and editorial board.

The majority of John’s professional experience comes from more than 24 years on active duty in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to retiring in 2002, he served in a variety of roles including combat water survival instructor, legal services chief, equal opportunity advisor, and recruiter.  John rounded out his military career as the Sergeant Major of Recruiting Station New Orleans, Louisiana, the largest recruiting station in the eastern recruiting region.  In addition to John’s corporate and military experience, he has a long history of volunteering and supporting nonprofit organizations.  He most recently completed his term as Board Chair of the Human Services Advisory Council for Sarasota County. 

John occasionally jokes he did not fall in love with Sarasota, he fell in love with someone from Sarasota – his wife, Regina Morris, who was born and raised in the area. They have two sons, both of whom have now “left the nest”; they also share their home with Needy, their Jack Russell terrier.  John enjoys reading, most sports and hearing stories from volunteers, staff, board members and donors about the impactful work being done by nonprofit organizations in the community.

John can be reached on his cell, 941.773.9513, or by email at