SARASOTA (June 20, 2019) – The Sarasota County Public Hospital Board this week appointed Sarasota business and civic leader Brittany “Britt” Riner to fill a vacant position on the unpaid, 9-member Hospital Board.
At its June 17 public board meeting, the Hospital Board unanimously selected Riner from a pool of 12 local candidates to fill the at-large Seat 3. The open seat on the governing board was vacated in April by Susan Tucker, who stepped down to complete medical school. As an appointee to the Hospital Board, Riner will serve until the general election in November 2020. Her term is slated to begin in July pending approval by the governor’s office.
Riner, 33, is a business and civic leader who brings a strong commitment to Sarasota and broad experience to the board. As president of Liber Consulting, she provides strategic planning, marketing and organization design consulting services for non-profit and for-profit entities. Her previous work experiences include process improvement consulting for K12 Inc., the nation's largest provider of online public school; consulting for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force while working at Booz Allen Hamilton; and healthcare best practices research for the Advisory Board Company.
A native of Sarasota, Riner has a long-term personal connection to the community and its public hospital. She was born at Sarasota Memorial, volunteered at the hospital as a teenager and completed an internship in customer service and patient satisfaction at the hospital while in college. Over the years, she said SMH staff cared for her grandfather, mother and father, and when she returned to Sarasota after more than a decade away, SMH was the place she chose to deliver her two children.
Riner graduated from Pine View School, and earned bachelor’s degrees in history and Spanish with a certificate in health policy from Duke University, and a master’s degree from Stanford University in policy, organization and leadership studies. After living and working across the U.S., she said, she returned to Sarasota with her husband Noah in 2014 excited to give back to her hometown.
Riner is a graduate of the Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Board Institute and currently serves as board chair of the Education Foundation of Sarasota County. She also served as president of the 700-member Junior League of Sarasota and completed the local Leadership Sarasota and Sarasota County Government Civics 101 business and community development programs.
“I am eager to contribute to the team stewarding SMH,” Riner said. “As SMH approaches its 100th birthday, I can think of no greater honor than to be one of its prudent fiduciaries, strategic program advocates and vanguards into the future.”