Nine leaders. Five giving communities. One mission: Making an impact

As our 2017 campaign kicks-off, the leaders of our five giving communities are gearing up for a purposeful year of bringing lasting change all across our community. Discover how each of these unique groups plays a pivotal role in building a stronger Miami and get an up close look at the passionate professionals who spearhead each group.


Young, dedicated and driven to leave a mark on Miami, LINC (Lead. Impact. Network. Change.) is an energetic, take-charge group of young adults focused on harnessing the power and passion of the millennial generation. LINC members, all 30 and younger, participate in unique volunteer and service projects, as well as personal and professional development opportunities.

Co-chair Rebecca Brooks, one of the founding members of the LINC Executive Committee, is a senior account executive at Gnazzo Group, a full service public relations, special events and marketing firm. The group’s co-chair, Roberto Canales, serves as a CX strategist at VS/Brooks, a branding and communications agency where he helps guide and build marketing objectives and campaigns for accounts in several industries, including healthcare, travel and construction.

Young Leaders

Another giving community dedicated to strengthening the education, health and prosperity of Miami is Young Leaders. Comprised of nearly 900 young professionals, all 40 and under, this group invest its time, talent and resources into helping our community thrive while enjoying year-round networking events and volunteer activities that provide personal and professional growth opportunities.

Now in his second term, co-chair Jeffrey Gordon is a senior associate at Jones Lang LaSalle where he specializes in corporate tenant representation for local, national and global clients. The group’s other co-chair, Jasmin Grant, is a financial professional at AXA Advisors, LLC.  Committed to making a difference in the lives of her clients, Jasmin helps people define and reach their financial goals.

Women United

Our next giving community, United Way Women United, a dynamic group of over 2,000 successful women – all committed to bringing meaningful change in Miami through giving, advocating and volunteering. In addition to her meaningful duties as leader of Women United, chair Melissa Grace directs marketing at Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants and oversees marketing strategy, branding, community involvement and message development. Grace works along side of the group’s vice chair, Cathy Alexander, vice-president, private client relationship manager at TD Wealth. In her role, Alexander delivers private banking, lending, investment and trust and estate services to high net worth individuals.

Tocqueville Society

A giving community described as Miami at its very best, our Tocqueville Society, is comprised of a high-powered mix of 800 influential business, civic and philanthropic leaders, members of this elite group share a deep passion for strengthening people’s lives and improving our community – personally and collectively.

This philanthropic giving community is co-chaired by David Barkus, a partner at Holland & Knight where he focuses on mergers and acquisitions and private equity. The group’s other co-chair, Frank Gonzalez, is managing principal of the Morrison, Brown, Argiz and Farra Miami office and is the principal-in-charge of the audit department, where he leads financial institutions and SEC practices.

Continue United

For those who are retired or soon to be retired, Continue United offers those in their golden years an opportunity to stay active and engaged in their community and contribute their time and talent to support United Way’s work in education, financial stability and health.

Ann Machado, who chairs this volunteer initiative, is the CEO of Creative Staffing, a Miami-based staffing firm that she founded in 1985. Since its inception, Machado has turned her firm into a leader in the temporary and direct-hire staffing industry by providing superior customer service, adopting innovative practices and making a difference in the community.

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