It’s Possible This Organization Touches Virtually Every Area of Our Community – with Debra Jacobs | Episode 125

It’s incredible to think that a local organization with roots back to the Civil War is even now making its biggest impact. Today’s guest will share what tremendous reach this philanthropic organization has upon our community and the lives they are changing.

Hi, I’m your host Bob Williams and I’m very pleased to welcome Debra Jacobs, President and CEO of The Patterson Foundation (TPF).

In this episode, you’ll learn …

  • One thing most people don’t know about Debra.
  • The 150+ year history of The Patterson Foundation.
  • Why the Foundation funded the Patriot Plaza at the local National Cemetery
  • The Five C’s that drive all their funding decisions.
  • … and much much more!

Thank you for listening in today as it is my hope you will listen … learn … and connect!


In January 2009, Debra Jacobs became the President & CEO of The Patterson Foundation (TPF) based in Sarasota, Florida. Before transitioning to TPF, Debra was President of the William G. and Marie Selby Foundation, based in Sarasota. In addition to the Selby Foundation, she was responsible for the administration of eight other independent foundations.

Before the Selby Foundation in May 1998, Debra was the Vice President for Institutional Advancement for Ringling College of Art and Design. Debra came to this position after 11 years as Executive Vice President for SunTrust Bank, Gulf Coast. Before joining SunTrust in December 1985, she was Senior Vice President and Retail Division Administrator of Central Trust Company in Rochester, New York.

Debra received her undergraduate degree from Utica College of Syracuse University in 1971 and earned her MBA in 1981 from the University of Rochester.