President, Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Jacksonville
The non-profit is Florida’s oldest and largest community foundation, with assets of $546 million. It works to strengthen Northeast Florida through grant making and leadership in neighborhoods, public education reform and addressing poverty. Waters, who began her career working in a minimum security adult prison, has been president of the 22-employee foundation since 2005.
|EDUCATION||Jacksonville University (BA)|
|SOMETHING SURPRISING||I won’t watch movies with sad endings.|
|WOULD CHANGE about Florida||The humidity|
|NEW HOBBY||Being a grandmother. Best job ever!|
|ADMIRES||Bob Graham. While governor, he emphasized education, especially the improvement of public universities. He also launched the most extensive environmental protection program in the state’s history. After he left the U.S. Senate, he founded the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida.|
|READING||Our Kids, by Robert D. Putnam|