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Nan Summers

As Grants Coordinator for Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources, Nan coordinates a diverse portfolio of alternatively funded projects spanning environmental protection and restoration, public waterways, inclusive recreation, sustainable food, health and wellness.  She specializes in collaborating with a wide range stakeholders to integrate metrics impacting environmental, economic, wildlife and human health. Manatee County’s 56 parks and 30,000 acres of preserves provide an abundance of unique natural resources that are treasured by residents and visitors alike. Nan is inspired to promote ecological resilience and lifelong vitality by her dynamic co-workers, volunteers, community partners and a highly supportive public. 

Nan Summers is one of Walt Disney World’s cultural and eco-tourism educational pioneers, including co-founder of the Disney Seminar business while leading professional development for the Imagineering design team during the building of Disney’s Epcot Theme Park. Throughout twenty-three years with the Disney organization, she launched, branded, and marketed more than 50 projects, including master planned communities, resort hotels, new businesses and initiatives impacting 56,000 employees. She has served as faculty for Rollins College, Ringling College of Art and Design, State College of Florida, American Hotel and Motel Association Institute, and most recently as Sustainable Communities faculty for the University of Florida.

Nan has produced dynamic programming for cultural, sustainable and ecotourism for several decades. Specializing in environmental stewardship and conservation, she has created innovative intergenerational experiences for organizations including: Walt Disney World, Arvida/Disney’s 55 master-planned communities, The Florida House for Sustainable Living, Marie Selby Botanical Gardens, the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County, Ringling College of Art and Design, the University of Florida, and Rollins College. Nan holds a Masters of Business Administration degree in Art Management from the Crummer Graduate School of Business and a bachelor of arts degree as a Holt House Fellow in art and creativity from Rollins College.