Mary Anne Servian grew up in a small town in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, northeast of Philadelphia. Her father was a decorated veteran of WWII, and received extensive injuries at the Battle of the Bulge. Her three brothers followed in his footsteps, two serving in the military and one in fire service.
As the only girl in her Irish-Catholic family, Mary Anne aspired to become a nun and studied in a convent school. This goal never came to fruition (think “Maria” in The Sound of Music). Instead, she pursued a career in business through extensive banking and software development positions.
In the late 1990s, Mary Anne moved to Sarasota. Following her family’s example of service, she quickly engaged with the community, serving on the City of Sarasota Commission from 2001-2007, and as mayor from 2005-2006.
She then focused her financial and management talent into nonprofit work, serving as Managing Director of the Sarasota Ballet for six years. In May 2017, Mary Anne was named CEO of Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida, Inc., seeking to empower as many girls as possible in the council’s 10-county service area.
“My hope is to leave this world a better place for girls and young women.”
Community Achievement Award, Decision-Making Skills for Women in Prison – 1997
Board Member/Chair, First Step of Sarasota – 2002-2010
Helping Hands Award, ALSO Youth – 2003
Loyalty & Patriots Award, Marine Corp League, 2005
Chair, Municipal Finance & Taxation Committee, Florida League of Cities – 2005
Statewide CRA Panel – 2006
Patriot’s Award, VFW Sunshine Post 3233 – 2007
Board Member/Chair, Crowley Museum & Nature Center – 2008-2010
Board Member, Housing Authority, City of Sarasota – 2009-2011
Arts Leadership Award, Arts Management – 2014
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