miami_fellows.gifMIAMI — The Miami Foundation has announced the 16 leaders who will comprise Class VII of the Miami Fellows, its leadership development program designed to engage the new generation building Greater Miami.

The Miami Fellows program lasts 15 months and helps growing leaders gain a deeper understanding of Greater Miami’s community issues. 

Participants will attend seminars, workshops and group experiences throughout the program facilitated by established local leaders in government, law, business and the nonprofit sector.

The class will develop the individual and collective skills to increase their community impact.

Class VII reflects Miami’s diverse communities and includes:

Roy Altman, assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Southern District of Florida

Courtney Berrien, program director, MCCJ

Alexander Binelo, director, Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra

Alex Buznego, manager of Digital and Social Media, Miami Marlins

Wifredo Fernandez, CEO and co-founder, The LAB Miami

Pandwe Gibson, regional director of Marketing and Operations, USA Fast Tax LLC

Monique Hayes, attorney, Genovese, Joblove & Battista, P.A.

Marianna Lopez, attorney, McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Yara Lorenzo, attorney, Hogan Lovells US LLP

Cedric McMinn, vice president, Miami Children’s Initiative

Rochelle Mukiza-Gapere, attorney advisor, Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

Philip Poekert, partnership manager, University of Florida Lastinger Center for Learning

Bahia Ramos, program director, Community Foundations, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Lauren Reskin, owner and co-founder, Sweat Records

Frankie Ruiz, chief running officer, US Road Sports & Entertainment Group

Michael Thakur, assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice

The Miami Fellows Class VII builds on the legacy of the program that began in 1999, and is financed by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in which nearly 120 people have participated.

The program focuses on building fellows’ knowledge, networks and abilities and increasing their community engagement and influence.

“We are at a significant point where young

talent is called to shape the future of our community,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation.

“Individually, the new fellows have already demonstrated their passion and commitment to lead that charge. We are excited to see them go a step further and become a focused group, working together to address the community’s most pressing issues.  I look forward to watching their collective development.”