Building Philanthropy for a Better Florida

Communications Affinity Group Meeting

Publication date: 
January, 2018

FPN's Communications Affinity Group held its annual meeting at #2018FPN with staff and board members of foundations and other grantmaking organizations who have communications responsibilities, to share your experiences, questions and insights. Learn how South Florida’s independent sector and community stakeholders are building strategic partnerships through community-led initiatives and commitment to public service with speakers from United Way of Miami-Dade, Radical Partners and Florida International University. 

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Sarah Emmons

Sarah Emmons is a social impact professional with a focus on launching initiatives that increase equity for all people. She serves as the Managing Director at Radical Partners, a social impact accelerator in Miami that invests in solutions to our region’s most pressing challenges through leadership development and community engagement. In this role, Sarah oversees the Radical Partners project portfolio and personally manages projects such as 100 Great Ideas (an online initiative that invites everyone in our community to brainstorm solutions to pressing regional challenges such as housing affordability) and Connect Miami (an effort to encourage people to connect with others across lines of difference). Sarah started her career as a Teach for America corps member in Tulsa, OK and has since worked as a Mayoral Fellow in the Chicago Mayor’s Office and as a Research Manager at the University of Chicago Crime Lab and Education Lab. Sarah earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Middlebury College and a Master’s in Public Policy from the University of Chicago. In her free time, Sarah enjoys running (slowly), traveling, and cuddling with her extremely lazy French Bulldog, Lucy.  

Claudia Grillo

As chief operating officer, Claudia is responsible for United Way’s overall fundraising, public policy, community investment and staff development, including the United Way Center for Excellence in Early Education and the United Way Center for Financial Stability. A member of the team since 1994, Claudia joined the organization as director of United Way Direct, responsible for event and cause-related fundraising, and then took over leadership giving, major gifts fundraising, before assuming position of senior vice president of community investments and development

She serves on the board of The Children’s Trust and International Women’s Forum Florida.

Prior to joining United Way of Miami-Dade, Claudia ventured in advertising sales and marketing for local South Florida business publications. She majored in political science at University of Florida and is a graduate of Leadership Miami. Claudia raises two fantastic children and loves biking.

Saif Ishoof

Saif Y. Ishoof, Esq. serves as Vice President for Engagement at Florida International University. Appointed in May 2015 by FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg, Saif leads a dynamic team in the Office of Engagement.

Saif guides the university’s participation with K-12 partners, economic development agencies, industry partners and social enterprises. He is also a Senior Fellow in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs where he is working to accelerate a key group of priorities for founding Dean, John Stack.

Previously, Saif served as founding Executive Director at City Year Miami, which provides 17-24 year olds an opportunity to serve one year in high-need schools as tutors, mentors and role models to address the opportunity gap. Under Saif’s leadership, the organization more than doubled in size and scope with an expansion from 8 to 18 schools and from 82 to 200 AmeriCorps members.


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