Florence and Sheldon Anderson are longtime Miami residents with a passion for giving back to the community they love to call home.
Sheldon, a community and business leader, is a true Miami native. A graduate of Killian High School, he went on to attend Miami Dade College before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University. He returned to Miami, where he has made it his mission to make his hometown a better place for all to grow, live and learn.
His passion and commitment to helping others is his driving force.
He has been a longtime United Way volunteer. In addition to serving as chairman of the board, he also chaired the nominating committee for two consecutive years; served as campaign co-chair and on both the Tocqueville and Major Gifts cabinets.
He is a member and former chairman of the Miami Dade College Foundation; he is also vice chair of the Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart. Sheldon also serves on the President’s Council of Florida International University and on the advisory board of the University of Miami.
Sheldon is also a member of the Executive Pass Partnership and in this role, he partners with the principal of Fulford Elementary.
He shares a deep appreciation for the arts which has propelled his involvement with the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts; he is president of the board of Cleveland Orchestra Miami/Miami Music Association; vice chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and serves on the board of the New World Symphony.
Sheldon has also served as chairman of Miami-Dade County’s economic development organization: the Beacon Council, and is a member of the Orange Bowl Committee. He also sits on the board of Baptist Health Systems Governing Board and Bioheart, Inc.
Sheldon retired in December 2012 as chairman and chief executive officer of the Southeast Region at Northern Trust, where he was responsible for managing the company’s investment management, trust and estate planning, private and business banking and financial consulting business in Florida and Georgia. He continues to support Northern Trust as a consultant.
Florence has served as a founding board member of Kristi House, she served for several years on the Red Cross Ball Committee, and she is a former board member of Gables Stage. Florence and Sheldon have been active volunteers with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden. They have two sons, Matthew and John Alan.