Meet the Firestarters

Matthew Anderson

Executive Director


Gerald Grant Jr

Financial Planner

Equitable Advisors

Nikki Packer, CAP

VP Sr. Philanthropic Specialist, Southern Region

Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment Management

Howard Lipman


FIU Foundation, Inc.

Dido Balla

Educator, Speaker, Entrepreneur

Goldie Hawn Foundation

Lori-Ann Cox

CEO, Board Member

Breakthrough Miami / National Breakthrough DEI Initiative

Pamela Fuertes

Executive Director

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Kirk Brown


Handy, Inc.

Tina Brown


Overtown Youth Center

Laura Kaplan

Market President

BNY Mellon

Kerry-Ann Royes


YWCA South Florida

Michael Hughes

Development Director

The Wolfsonian–FIU

Ruth Ramirez

Senior Director of Collaborative Philanthropy

The Miami Foundation

Myriam Masihy

Investigative Reporter

Telemundo 51, NBC 6

Elizabeth Simonton

Co-Founder and CEO

ICU Baby

​Lara Hein

Client Manager


Glenn Kaufhold



Janice Graham

Ady Arguelles

Sr. Executive Director of Development, Research Preeminence & Innovation

FIU Foundation, Inc.

Dr. Emmanuele A. Bowles

Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Florida International University

Lindsey Cimochowski

Director of Operations & Administration, Development and Alumni Relations

Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Orlando Gonzalez

Executive Director

Safeguarding American Values for Everyone (SAVE/SAVE Dade)

Ana Martinez

Assistant VP of Development

Miami Dade College Foundation

Tania Castroverde Moskalenko

Executive Director

Miami City Ballet

Steven L. Schwartz

Principal Advisor

Philanthropic Visions

Dr. Woody

Organizational Psychologist, Executive Coach, Media Personality

Jennifer Filla


Aspire Research Group LLC

Courtney Ford

Chief Development Officer

Miami City Ballet

Meg Daly

President and CEO

Friends of the Underline

Germaine Smith-Baugh, Ed.D.

President & CEO

Urban League of Broward County

Luisana Zambrano

Program Manager

Radical Partners

Symeria T. Hudson, MBA

President & CEO

Chapman Partnership

LaKeisha Wells-Palmer

Executive Director

Teach For America Florida Regions

Alexandra Mandado

President and CEO

Planned Parenthood of South, East and North Florida

David Silver


Silver Miller

Gale S. Nelson, M.S.

President and CEO

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami

Flavia Llizo

Co-President and Chief Development Officer

Jackson Health Foundation

Gepsie Metellus

Co-Founder, Executive Director

Sant La, Haitian Neighborhood Center, Inc.

Andreina Weischelbaumer

Senior Program Manager of Culture & Strategy

Radical Partners

Faequa Khan

Florida Muslim Bar Association

Joan Marie Godoy

Executive Director

Radical Partners

Omrit Shimoni

Director of Quality Assurance

Jewish Community Services of South Florida, Inc.

Darrell Booker

Corporate Affairs Specialist, Non Profit Tech Acceleration for Black and African American Communities

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