CEO Search Process Information

Job Position Posted  – October 2019

Isaacson, Miller has completed the position description for the Foundation’s vacant President and CEO position. Click here to read the full description.

Interim CEO Named – September 2019

We’re pleased to announce that Joe Fernandez, regional president of BNY Mellon Wealth Management and Foundation board vice chair and chair of the CEO Search committee, will voluntarily serve as interim president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. Click here to read the full announcement.

Search Firm Hired – August 2019

The Miami Foundation has opened its search for a new president and CEO, in partnership with corporate executive search firm, Isaacson, Miller.


Click here to apply, nominate a candidate or learn more about the search. A formal position profile will be available in October.


Click here for an online survey to submit your feedback to the firm. This survey is an opportunity to share your perspectives on the Foundation, its leadership role and the preferred qualities and qualifications of its next president. The input, collected in confidence by our search consultants, will inform the work of the CEO Search committee.

Search Committee – July 2019

We are pleased to announce the CEO Search committee. See the full list below:


CEO Search Committee Members

Joseph Fernandez, Chair, President – BNY Mellon Wealth Management (Florida)

Richard A. Berkowitz, Founding and Executive Chairman – Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants

Manuel Diaz, Senior Partner – Lydecker Diaz

Liebe Gadinsky, Community Advocate

Rochelle Gapere, Chief Happiness Officer – Social Esquire, LLC

Richard Giusto, Global Real Estate Co-Chair – Greenberg Traurig (Miami)

Ghislain Gouraige Jr., Managing Director, Wealth Management, Private Wealth Advisor – UBS Financial Services

Linda Julien, Compliance Manager – City of North Miami

David Lawrence Jr., Founder – Early Childhood Initiative Foundation

Julie Neitzel, Partner – WE Family Offices

Victoria Rogers, Vice President/Arts – John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Richard E. Schatz, Managing Partner – Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, PA

Julie Vives, Chief of Staff – The Miami Foundation

Announcement – July 2019

The Miami Foundation announces the departure of Javier Alberto Soto as president and CEO. Click here to read the full announcement.


The Miami Foundation Board of Trustees has begun following its established succession plan and search committee protocol. Joseph A. Fernandez, vice chair of the board, will lead the search committee. As the search committee forms, we will list members here.


A job announcement will be posted here when available.


As always, we want to hear from you. What are the most pressing issues you would like The Miami Foundation and its next leader to focus on? At any time in the process, please email, to share your thoughts, ideas and insights.

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