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Nonprofit/Administration/Public Relations

Coral Gables, FL
January 10, 2020

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Coral Gables, Florida 33133

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Objective: Experienced professional seeks an advanced position that offers the opportunity to utilize strong skills in communications; public/community relations; business strategy and development; membership, marketing and client services; event planning; and, non-profit organization management.


10/10 – Current

Grove Naturals – Healthy Pet Treats, Coconut Grove, Florida


Small business start-up with the creation, production and marketing of delicious, healthy treats for pets that are made of 100% human grade, FDA inspected meats and poultry. Leading business development efforts across South Florida and U.S. through social media, event planning and web site promotion.

1/17 – 7/17

Miami Dade College Foundation, Miami, Florida

Donor Relations Manager

As a member of the Development Team, responsibilities included collaboration in developing strategies for effective stewardship of current donors and solicitation of new donors and sponsors; monitoring use of funds and accurate fund reporting; coordination of gift agreements and scholarships; appropriate recognition of donors and scholarship recipients; and management of special events.

4/15 – 1/17

Miami Dade College Foundation, Miami, Florida

Development Officer

Provided direction for the fundraising efforts for a particular academic area or discipline of the College, and responsible for raising the philanthropic resources to further Miami Dade College’s mission.

11/11 – 8/13

Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Coral Gables, Florida

Director of Administration

Provided significant support to the President & Chief Executive Officer of the Chamber and to carry out executive functions as directed. Acted as personnel officer of the Chamber with responsibility for secondary supervision of the organization to see that Chamber programs and daily operations are carried out properly and efficiently. Specific responsibilities included:

Administrative and Managerial - supported the President in the execution of his duties; directs supervision of front desk/reception; oversees office operations; handles maintenance of office space and equipment; authorizes purchasing and leasing of computer and office equipment and furniture; served as liaison to other staff members; assists and counsels them on programs and projects, as required; and, maintained internal equipment systems control.

Membership - worked in a supervisory capacity with the membership and sales team, which focused on member development, member campaigns, delinquent and canceled memberships, member orientation, prospect member development and dues evaluation; supervised billing procedures, accounts receivable and membership records; worked on Trustee membership accounts; and, provided committee support to M-Team and Ambassadors.

Finance and Business Management – oversight of accounting operations; reviews and approves all bills; manages bank accounts; prepared annual budget on behalf of the CEO; provided monthly budget reports for the Board of Directors; made periodic budget reports for departments; in cooperation with Administration and Finance, made long-range financial plans and invested excess funds; served as a liaison to the Treasurer and provided support for the Finance Committee; managed the pension and insurance programs e.g. medical, dental, life, disability and Simple IRA; coordinated special project billings and collections; and, handled miscellaneous functions relating to the management of the organization.

10/10 – 3/11

Shutts & Bowen LLP, Miami, Florida

Legal Assistant

Provided legal and administrative assistance to two attorneys in the International Dispute Resolution Group and Litigation Departments, including Portuguese-English document translation as requested in this international law firm.

1/10 – 10/11

WorldCity, Coral Gables, Florida


WorldCity is a Miami-based media company focused on multinationals and international business in South Florida as well as import-export trade in key communities, such as Atlanta, Savannah, Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, New York and Boston. The organization publishes a digital newsletter for South Florida multinationals, hosts approximately 45 multinational events annually and publishes a number of annual import-export publications around the country. WorldCity also manages a database of more than 1,100 multinationals with operations in South Florida.

7/08 – 2/09

The Coral Gables Community Foundation, Coral Gables, Florida

Executive Director

Skilled executive responsible for the overall leadership, management and growth of the Foundation. Primary representative for all Foundation public/community relations, communications, and business development activities.

Developed, implemented and monitored an annual budget and strategic plan; including fundraising, public and professional education programs, support services, leadership development, and member/volunteer recruitment.

Recruited, selected, trained and supervised Foundation staff; and, provided leadership, management and training for all staff and volunteers.

Created and implemented strategies to meet fundraising and sponsorship goals through special events, major gifts, and grants; cultivated and supervised relationships with major donors; and, conducted research to identify new major gift/donor prospects.

Developed and maintained excellent relationships with Board of Directors; cultivated opportunities to build and maintain a strong Board; worked closely with the Chairman of the Board to guide and motivate Board members; identified, recruited, and conducted orientation of new Foundation members/volunteers.

Provided leadership to assist Board of Directors and Members establish program goals and objectives; and coordinated implementation of all program activities and fundraising events.

Instrumental in establishing key Foundation programs, including CoralGables@Home, and Gables Home Page.

4/01 – 6/08

Orange Bowl Committee, Miami, Florida

Senior Director of Membership Services

Direct liaison between the staff and Committee Members, who represented over 250 of the leading companies in South Florida.

Provided ongoing communications with Members to notify them of all meetings and programs, as well as any information regarding Committee events and activities. Key representative for Committee’s public/community relations and communications activities.

Daily direct communication with the President/Chairman, CEO, and Board of Directors, and served as the supervising liaison between them and the Members. Composed speaking notes, bullet points, and dossiers for OBC President/Chairman, CEO and Board of Directors.

Conducted special event planning, VIP hospitality, and coordinated all Membership-related programs, including monthly Board and General Member meetings, Board of Directors Annual Retreat, New President's Reception and Installation Dinner, and the President’s Festival Cocktail and Dinner Party. Facilitated and supervised all Member sub-committee activity.

Developed and wrote copy for production of the annual OBC Member Directory; maintained proper notes and minutes of all Membership meetings; updated and maintained the OBC Bylaws.

Administered all aspects of the Annual Board and New Member Election Processes; including the Orientation Program and Cocktail Reception for new OBC Members.

Created and implemented business development strategies and programs to meet sponsorship goals; including special events, new communications channels, and public relations activities.

6/96 - 9/00

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami, Florida

Director, Communications Department

Administered all media and public relations at the local, national and international levels. Produced press releases, media advisories, photos, and text for Chamber Directory, Goals Book, C.E.O. Report, and Chamber Update newsletters. Composed speaking notes, bullet points, and dossiers for Chamber’s President, Chairman and Board of Directors.

Supervised all communications and business development activities at Chamber events; including luncheons, conferences, seminars, trade shows, and VIP/Gala productions.

Supervised and maintained all content on Chamber's Internet site Coordinated worldwide distribution of information regarding the GMCC and South Florida region.

Promoted Greater Miami and South Florida as a national and international business center.

12/94 - 5/96

Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami, Florida

Manager, International Economic Development & Hispanic Business Group

Coordinated all business development activities of seven Chamber committees (Consular Corps, Trade Representative & Bi-National Chambers, Europe & Middle East, Pacific Rim, Pan-African, Professional Services, Banking, Investment & Financial Services, and International Student Relations), which included lead role as liaison to incoming/outgoing trade missions, assistance with import/export facilitation, and information resource for requested international business and trade data.

Supervised all international programs, seminars, conferences, trade shows, and protocol directives in regard to these committee areas, including plan and execution of VIP/Gala events with 100 to 1,000+ attendees. Promoted Greater Miami as an international business center and the “Gateway to the Americas”.

7/91 - 8/94

Portuguese Heritage Journal, Inc., Coral Gables, Florida

Office Manager/Associate Editor

Assistance in initiating and administering all areas and phases in the establishment/operation of a national, monthly English-language publication for Portuguese and Brazilian Americans. Collaborated with Managing Editor and Publisher in all copy production, business development, and administrative tasks; and directed all public relations and communications with all journalists, subscribers and advertisers. Supervised subscriber and vendor databases and monthly invoicing; researched, wrote and edited copy for several columns.


Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts

Master’s Degree, Master of Science in Leadership, Completed 2016.

University of Miami, Miami, Florida

School of Continuing Studies - Paralegal Institute.

Paralegal Studies Certificate. Completed: August 1990

University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Graduate School of International Studies.

Graduate study in International Relations toward an M.A. degree. September 1986 - May 1987

Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts

Degree: B.A. Graduated: May 1986

Concentration: History/International Relations

American International School - Lisbon, Carnaxide, Portugal

High School Diploma. Graduated: June 1982

LANGUAGES: Fluent in English and Portuguese. Working knowledge of Spanish.

Dual Citizenship: United States and Portugal.

COMPUTER SKILLS: Microsoft Office Suite, Blackbaud, WebLink, Social Networking Media

ORGANIZATIONS: Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors, Coconut Grove Chamber

of Commerce, 2016-19

Notary Public, State of Florida

Leadership Miami Graduate, Class of '95-'96

Wheaton College, Class of ’86 – 20th, 15th, and 10th Reunion Committees

REFERENCES: Furnished upon request.

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