SPC welcomed Jesse Turtle on March 4 as the new VP of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the Foundation. With a career sparked by the power of giving and a resume filled with nearly a decade of service in higher education advancement, Jesse Turtle comes to SPC well-equipped to lead the development of the college’s future investments.
In his most recent position as USF St. Petersburg’s Associate Director of Development, Jesse partnered with donors to procure several major gifts for the University’s education and business colleges. Prior higher education advancement experience includes working with WUSF Public Media to grow their major gifts program, and with Eckerd College as a Director of Major Gifts, Director of the Annual Fund and Director of Special Gifts, where he participated in the College’s successful $80M capital campaign.
Jesse has held several leadership positions outside of the higher education arena, including Practice Administrator at Updegraff Vision and President of Turtle Moon Graphics. This real-world experience in marketing and sales combined with his higher education development know-how gives Jesse a unique perspective on philanthropy, shaping the donor-centered, relationship-based philosophy that he brings with him to SPC.
A native of Cambridge, MA, Jesse came to St. Petersburg in 1986 to attend Eckerd College, earning a bachelor’s degree in Human Development. He and his wife Mila reside in St. Petersburg and have two children, Zoe (22) and Owen (20).