Tom Waters – President and CEO

Waters Tom MrOn October 13, 2014, longtime local philanthropy leader, Tom Waters, became President and CEO of Easter Seals. Waters brings significant experience in nonprofit management, fundraising, and community partnerships to his new role at Easter Seals.

He most recently was the Chief Advancement Officer at Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium.  During his time at Mote Marine he was responsible for leading the laboratory and aquarium’s 2020 Vision and Strategic Plan. Waters was also responsible for heading the organization’s fundraising efforts.

In addition, Tom has held leadership positions at nonprofits including Mile High United Way in Denver, Colorado and Community Foundation of Sarasota County.

As President and CEO of Easter Seals, Waters is looking forward to leading one of Southwest Florida’s oldest and most successful nonprofits serving children, teens, and adults with developmental disabilities.

“My passion to help others’ abilities shine started years ago when I participated in one of the first Muscular Dystrophy Dance Marathons. Together we did more than raise money…we provided hope and the ability for people to help themselves.”