Nina Waters currently serves as President of The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, Inc. The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida is Florida’s oldest community foundation, and with assets of $297 million, is also the state’s largest. Her primary responsibilities include the leadership and management of the donor services, grantmaking services and administrative services functions of the Foundation. One of her major accomplishments was launching the Foundation’s "Quality Education for All" initiative in 2005, which led to the creation of the Jacksonville Public Education Fund and culminated in the announcement of a $50 million fund for local education investment. Ms. Waters also assisted in the development of the Women’s Giving Alliance, the Foundation’s first giving circle, in 2001. Under her leadership, Foundation assets have quadrupled and annual grants to the community have grown from $9M to $36M.
Prior to joining the staff of the Foundation, Ms. Waters served as Executive Director for the PACE Center for Girls Jacksonville program for twelve years. Prior to leaving PACE in 2001, Nina completed a $2.5 million capital campaign for the PACE Jacksonville program, assisted in the oversight of the construction of the new 20,000 square foot facility and facilitated the relocation of the program.
Ms. Waters' volunteer positions and community involvement is extensive. Most recently she has served on the Jacksonville Civic Council, Uptown Civitan Club, Women’s Giving Alliance Steering Committee, Jacksonville University Public Policy Institute (as Secretary and Treasurer) and Jacksonville University Board of Governors.
Ms. Waters has been recognized with honors and awards such as the OneJax Institute Humanitarian Award, Florida Times-Union EVE Award for Employment, Jacksonville University Distinguished Alumni Award, Gateway Girl Scout Council Woman of Distinction, Florida Times-Union EVE Award Finalist in Education, Prudential Foundation Leadership Award and the University Council President’s Award for Outstanding Leadership.
Ms. Waters is a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., and moved to Jacksonville in 1976 to attend Jacksonville University. She is married to Lex Waters and they have a grown son, Alex, who lives in Atlanta.