Our Vision: A world where power and possibility are not limited by gender.

Our Mission: We create change for women and girls through advocacy, investment, and impact.

Over 25 years, The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade has worked to improve the lives of women and girls by providing almost $4 million of funding to support almost 500 programs serving over 75,000 women and girls throughout Miami-Dade County. Moving forward, we will focus on creating change for women and girls through action, advocacy, and investing in key collaborative initiatives that generate sustainable impact in four pillars of economic mobility, leadership, health & well-being, and freedom from violence.

The First 25 Years

who we are the first twenty years

In 1993 in the wake of Hurricane Andrew’s destruction, a small group of dedicated women made a decision to transform the lives of women and girls in Miami. With just $5,000, they founded The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade and set out to fill the huge funding gaps in programs working with girls and young women.

Much of our work has been accomplished through our grant-making program, where we’ve jumpstarted, incubated, and supported other community organizations in their service to thousands of women and girls. To date, we have given out approximately $3.7 million in grants to 485 organizations and programs making a difference in the lives of 60,000 women and girls.

The Next 25…

who we are the next twenty years

We believe that substantial, far-reaching change begins right here in Miami-Dade. In our 25th anniversary year, The Women’s Fund is shifting programming and strategy to focus on key issues that will make a greater impact in our community. That’s why through collaborative research and effort, we are focusing on these four issues: Freedom from Violence, Leadership, Health and Well-Being, and Economic Security.

We’re proud of all we have accomplished over a quarter of a century, and we’re not leaving our heritage behind — we’re taking it to the next level. Now we’ll use those skills and take on other big issues, and change more women and girls’ lives.


Kathy Andersen
Kathy AndersenExecutive Director
 Carolina Garcia
Carolina GarciaCommunity Development and Outreach Director
Viviana Alvarado Pacheco
Viviana Alvarado PachecoProgram Coordinator

The Board

Laura Guitar
Laura GuitarChair | EVP + Partner at rbb Communications

Laura Guitar is EVP + Partner at rbb Communications, a full-service communications agency and four-time Agency of the Year. She leads agency’s reputation management practice – Reputation and Risk Advisors – and has more than 30 years of experience serving a wide-range of industry leading clients.

Marya Meyer
Marya MeyerVice Chair | One Billion Rising, Global Coordinator, Miami

Marya Meyer is One Billion Rising’s Global Coordinator for Miami, working with Eve Ensler and activists across the globe since 2012, when this grassroots movement united ordinary citizens and stakeholders to create the awareness and solidarity necessary to end the staggering statistics of gender violence, locally and across the globe, in our lifetimes. Focusing locally on the greatest challenges facing the South Florida community, Marya and key partners coordinated powerful grassroots RISINGS which subsequently transformed into a partnership with The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade to lead monthly meetings where public and private entities, government civil servants, activists, volunteers and all those concerned with creating Freedom from Violence could join forces and resources, including on the key issue of Human Trafficking. She is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Community Outreach Working Group of The Official Stop Sex Trafficking Campaign of the Miami Super Bowl Host Committee, with lead partners, The Office of the Miami-Dade State Attorney and The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, of which she is current Board Vice Chair, and is a member of the South Florida Human Trafficking Task Force, Miami-Dade Human Trafficking Coalition and advisory boards for Design & Architecture Senior High and the TJ Martell Miami Host Committee. Marya is a bilingual English/Spanish Music and Artist Marketing Executive with over 25 years of international experience in the realms of entertainment and contemporary culture, Media and Artist Relations, Talent Booking and Artist Management, notably having served Vice Presidential roles at the Latin Recording Academy (Latin GRAMMYS) as well as Sony Music Spain and Universal Music Latin America.

Joy McKenna
Joy McKennaTreasurer | President, Research Management Corporation

President of Research Management Corporation, a full-service property management and asset management firm running commercial real estate throughout the southeast. Ms. McKenna oversees a portfolio of real estate estimated at a value in excess for 400 Million dollars. She has served on the board of the Women’s Fund for many years and believes when we are fortunate in our own lives it is our obligation to improve the lives of others.

Evelyn Cobos
Evelyn CobosSecretary | Greenberg Traurig, P.A.
Janet Altman
Janet AltmanPast Chair | Marketing Partner, Kaufman Rossin

Janet Kyle Altman is the marketing partner for Kaufman Rossin, one of the top CPA and advisory firms in the country. For the past twenty years she has implemented marketing strategies to drive the firm’s significant growth, and taken the lead on programs to develop staff and expand community engagement. An accomplished writer, speaker, and facilitator, Janet is committed to creating change for women and girls in Miami-Dade County, and has been honored for her work.

Lynne Hernandez
Lynne HernandezSouth Florida Regional Director, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association
Cynthia Barnett Hibnick
Cynthia Barnett HibnickPartner, Lubell Rosen, LLC
DeAnne Connolly Graham
DeAnne Connolly GrahamPresident, ROI Media Consultants, Inc
Steven H. Haas
Steven H. HaasDirector of Operations, Centerplate, Miami Beach Convention Center
Shelley Jacoby
Shelley JacobyPresident, All In One Direct Marketing Solutions

Shelley Jacoby is the owner of All In One Direct Marketing Solutions for 36 years. MBA from UF/FIU, Graduate of the 10,000 Small Business Program through Goldman Sachs. Past President of Dave and Mary Alper JCC. Board Member for Margaux’s Miracles. Exec Board Women’s Fund

Vicki L. Lopez
Vicki L. LopezVLL Consulting

Vicki Lopez has over twenty-five years of working with non-profit organizations, foundations, research institutions, corporations, government entities, and communities. She has extensive experience in the areas of public policy, research and analysis, media and public relations, public speaking, government relations, public affairs, advocacy, communications, consensus and team building, fundraising, finance, accounting, budgeting, strategic planning, training and development, management, and administration. Her consulting practice also include coaching and meditation services.

Ivon Mesa
Ivon MesaBureau Chief, Miami Dade County Violence Prevention and Intervention Division & Family and Community Division
Juan Trescastro
Juan TrescastroVirgin Voyages, Senior Director, Itineraries, Destinations and Government Relations
Adele Valencia
Adele ValenciaCity of Miami
Kathy Andersen
Kathy AndersenExecutive Director, The Women's Fund Miami-Dade
Marilynn Gladstone
Marilynn GladstoneFounder, The Women's Fund Miami-Dade