MEET OUR STAFF CARRYING OUT A MISSION FOR GREATER MIAMI

The Miami Foundation provides civic leadership, bringing people together to advance quality of life in Greater Miami.  Our team of committed professionals is integral to the Foundation’s work of mobilizing resource and strengthening our community.

Work with us! We’re looking for community champions to join our team. View our open positions below:

Vice President of Philanthropy

Programs Associate

Miami Connected Fellow

Staff Accountant

Executive Team


REBECCA FISHMAN LIPSEY
PRESIDENT AND CEO
CHARISSE GRANT
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND STRATEGY ADVISOR
JULIE VIVES
VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER 
TOBY DOUTHWRIGHT
VICE PRESIDENT FOR FINANCE AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
LONNIE COX
SENIOR OPERATIONS ASSISTANT 
YAZMIN VALIDO
ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT AND CEO

External Relations

When you want a representative of the Foundation to speak to your group, have questions regarding the Foundation’s marketing and public outreach, need a quote/image from the Foundation or if you are a member of the media with questions, contact the Communications and Engagement arm of External Affairs. When you have questions about the Foundation’s Civic Leadership Agenda, legislative affairs or government partnership, contact the Public Affairs team. This branch drives change through policy, civic engagement, and collective impact strategies.

LOREN PARRA
DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS
JESSICA COHEN
CONTENT MANAGER
NICKY ZARCHEN
COMMUNICATIONS AND
PUBLIC AFFAIRS OFFICER
CHELSEA CLARK
RESILIENCE OFFICER

Contact Olivia for all things LaborMiami or if you want to talk community building, racial health disparities, or the best garments coming down the runway this season.

OLIVIA BROWN
LABORMIAMI FELLOW, SENIOR ASSOCIATE
SAM BASTÉ
COMMUNICATIONS AND
ENGAGEMENT ASSISTANT

Development and Philanthropic Services

When you are looking for information on how you can partner with The Miami Foundation, when you have a question about your Fund, or when you want to discuss your charitable legacy, contact this team:

JANELL KAPLAN
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF PHILANTHROPIC SERVICES 
RUTH RAMIREZ
SENIOR DIRECTOR OF COLLABORATIVE PHILANTHROPY 
VICTORIA MORA
DEVELOPMENT MANAGER
STEPHANIE MARCUS
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER
FLORA ASKELRAD
DEVELOPMENT ASSISTANT

Community Investments

This team oversees all program and grantmaking-related activities for the Foundation and building relationships with Miami’s nonprofit community. When you are looking for an innovative program that is accomplishing great things in our community, when you have a question about one of our grant programs or when you want more information on how to partner with the foundation on a special initiative, contact this team:

LINDSEY LINZER
MANAGING DIRECTOR OF COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS
KAMILAH WALLEN
DIRECTOR OF GRANTS ADMINISTRATION
JORGE GONZALEZ
DIGITAL ACCESS DIRECTOR
KUNYA ROWLEY
MANAGER OF MUSIC ACCESS, ARTS, AND CULTURE
VALERIE CRUM
PROGRAMS OFFICER
GRACE TORRES
SENIOR PROGRAMS ASSOCIATE
SHERYL SATURNINO
GRANTS ADMINISTRATION ASSOCIATE
JEPHERY FRANCIS
SENIOR GRANTS ADMINISTRATION ASSISTANT
JULISSA RIVERA
COMMUNITY INVESTMENTS ASSISTANT

Finance

This team is responsible for all the financial and fiscal management aspects of the Foundation’s operations.  They coordinate our business planning, accounting, finance and budgeting work. When you have questions about the Foundation’s investments, when you would like a copy of your Fund statement or when you need information about a grant check, contact this team:

FRANCISCO GOZALO
CONTROLLER
LATASHA RHODES
ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE/ACCOUNTS PAYABLE SPECIALIST
AUDREY ALEXANDER
CONTRIBUTIONS ANALYST
The Miami Foundation
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