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Prafke, Nancy

Photo of Mayor Nancy Prafke 2018
  • Divisions:City Council
  • Title:Mayor
  • Phone:(941) 575-3359
  • Fax:(941) 575-3365
  • Email:

District 5 

Term 2019 - 2021

Originally from Springfield, Ohio, Nancy moved to Punta Gorda in 2005 from Evergreen, Colorado. She began volunteering in Burnt Store Isles where she and her husband John live. Nancy was drawn to helping our community get back on its feet after Hurricane Charley and began volunteering with TEAM Punta Gorda, a grass-roots civic organization, in 2006. She became the volunteer CEO at the end of 2007 and provided leadership that resulted in the completion of many collaborative solutions for our community. During her tenure, Nancy worked with many government and civic leaders throughout Punta Gorda and Charlotte County. She resigned her CEO position in April 2013, to run for City Council.

Nancy also served as Ride Director of the annual Punta Gorda Pedal and Play in Paradise Bicycle Tour from 2011 to 2013 that brought riders to our community from all over Florida and beyond; is a member of the City's One Community – One Message marketing team; was a co-creator of the marketing theme "Punta Gorda – It's Happening on the Harbor"; was a recipient of the 2012 Joanie Award for her exceptional commitment to volunteerism and leadership; serves on the Board of Directors of the Punta Gorda History Center; is a member of the Punta Gorda and Charlotte County Chambers of Commerce; is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte Class of 2009; is an active University of Florida Master Gardener; and a member of the Charlotte County Landscape Committee.

With experience in education and retailing, Nancy spent most of her career in telecommunications with AT&T and subsequent spin-offs Lucent Technologies and Avaya. She is a graduate of Bowling Green State University, BS; The Ohio State University, MS; and Colorado State University, MBA.

Nancy believes "We need to support existing businesses and attract new ones to create more jobs. Attracting a diverse population of young and old year-round residents will help sustain our business community. We must move forward while maintaining our city's unique charm and personality. There’s a quality of life here you can’t find elsewhere."

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