The Van Wezel Foundation has appointed Tracey Long Beeker as its new director of communications and community engagement. In her new role, Beeker will be responsible for informing and engaging audiences to learn about and take part in the foundation’s mission to enrich the lives of children through the performing arts.
Beeker has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in communications, marketing, public affairs and community engagement. She has worked in corporate and nonprofit sectors, helping organizations increase awareness, engage audiences, build coalitions and foster community impact.
Most recently, she was director of communications and community relations for Sarasota County Schools. Before that, Beeker was the managing director and chief strategist for BE MORE Consultants in Washington, D.C., where she advised clients including PBS and Artemis Entertainment.
She graduated from Lemon Bay High School, in Englewood, and Florida State University, where she earned a bachelor’s in theater arts. She also holds a master’s from George Washington University’s Graduate School of Political Management with a focus in strategic communications.
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