Peter Fanning

Peter Fanning is a private consultant to non-profits agencies – assisting fledgling to well-established, large and small organizations in business, management, board development, programming, fundraising, grant writing, policy development, strategic planning and legislative and public advocacy.

President Emeritus, Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA), 2014 to 2015.
President, Downtown Sarasota Condominium Association (DSCA), 2008 to 2014.
Board of Directors, Downtown Sarasota Alliance (DSA), and Chair of DSA’s Residents Committee, 2009 to Present.
President, Main Street Connections (MSC), newly formed non-profit to promote and provide transportation alternatives throughout Downtown Sarasota’s Core Business District for employees of downtown, residents, visitors and tourists.
Board of Directors and Secretary, Women’s Sports Museum (WSM).

Education:
Bachelor of Science, English (1964), Boston College.
Master of Science, Special Education emphasis Mental Retardation, State University College of New York at Buffalo (1969).
Doctor of Education, Exceptional Education emphasis Learning Disabilities and Administration, University of Arizona (1974).
Post Doctoral Intern, Council of Chief State School Officers, Washington DC, The Ohio State University (1975)

Relevant Employment Experience:
CEO and President of the Marcus Institute at Emory University School of Medicine.
Senior Executive Vice President for Clinical, Community and Education Programs of Kennedy Krieger Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Executive Director, Exceptional Students Services, State of Colorado.
Executive Director, Exceptional Education Students Services Unit, Unified School District #259, Wichita, Kansas.

My Inspiration: My four daughters: All terrific swimmers, a wannabe diver an aspiring synchronized swimmer, a persevering runner in track, a soccer player – what a goalie. Swim meets, soccer games, track meets and the excitement of getting just the right amount of jell-o to hold the hair of the synchronized swimmers in place and, of course, breathing chlorinated air all weekend at some far off natatorium in the dead of winter. My wife, who loves sports in general, started taking me to girls’ basketball games and filling me in on the travails and successes of the girls’ track and field and cross country teams of the high school where she taught. Girls and women sports were my leisure time activities as a young dad and as an older dad and husband. Seeing the 1996 women’s gold medal soccer game in Athens, Georgia where the US prevailed over China as well as the tears of a sixteen year old on a worn grass field in the soccer net, denying but also understanding that to lose is just another step to adulthood. So it was when I heard about the effort to create a women’s sports museum to recognize the accomplishments of women in sports and with an aim to educate and heighten the awareness of young girls and women with all the opportunities that exist because of sports, I was all-in.

This is one of several reasons I want to contribute in as many ways as I can to bring to Sarasota a venue where the fetes of accomplished women athletes, aspiring participants and causal weekenders can come together under one roof to enhance and recognize women in every sport.