Suncoast Partnership’s executive director to step down in March

Loveless has led the nonprofit since May 2013

Leslie Loveless, executive director of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness, listens to Capt. Kevin Stiff of the Sarasota Police Department in February 2016. File photo

The executive director of the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness has announced her retirement as of the end of March.

In a Jan. 6 email blast, Leslie Loveless wrote, “Over the next three months, I will work closely with board and staff members to assure a smooth transition.”

She added, “As Executive Director of [the Partnership], I believe that I have greatly strengthened the organization and provided solid leadership to members of the Continuum of Care. The organization is financially sound, grant revenues to the Partnership and service providers have been maximized, and private donations have increased. As a result, people experiencing homelessness in our community have more opportunity.”

The Continuum of Care represents the organizations in Sarasota and Manatee counties that provide services to the homeless population. The Continuum of Care holds bimonthly sessions during which the providers are able to share information and discuss issues related to their work. The concept of such organizations originated in 1994 with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in 1994, the Suncoast Partnership website explains.

Loveless wrote in her email that the position of executive director would be advertised as of Jan. 13, with applications due by Feb. 2, “to allow our Board time to review and interview candidates.”

She continued, “I truly appreciate the support and guidance that continuum and community members have provided over the years. In addition, I have been fortunate to work with a talented staff that have provided and will continue to provide the highest level of service to our partner organizations.”

Loveless succeeded Richard Martin as executive director in 2012. She was named to the position in May 2013, her LinkedIn profile says.