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Richard A. Berkowitz, JD, CPA, Joins Board of The Miami Foundation

Posted on March 02, 2016

MIAMI – March 1, 2016 – Four new members, ranging in industry specialization from financial services to business incubation and the nonprofit sector, have been appointed to The Miami Foundation’s Board of Trustees: Richard A. Berkowitz, J.D., CPA, CEO of Berkowitz Pollack Brant Advisors and Accountants and chairman of Provenance Wealth Advisors; Annette Franqui, co-founding partner of Forrestal Capital; Pandwe Gibson, Ph.D.; founder and CEO of EcoTech Visions; and Victoria Rogers, VP/Arts at John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“The Foundation is privileged to have access to the kind of insight and talent displayed in this new class of trustees,” said Javier Alberto Soto, president and CEO of The Miami Foundation. “Their entrepreneurial backgrounds and proven analytical thinking are a perfect complement to the current board’s visionary guidance of our rapidly expanding work.”


Richard Berkowitz, J.D., CPA

Richard Berkowitz is an expert in income, estate, financial and investment planning who specializes in fiduciary services, strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions and international tax planning. As a leader in his field, he is a member of the American Arbitration Association, Florida Academy of Certified Mediators, and the American Association of Attorney – Certified Public Accountants. Berkowitz received a J.D. from the University of Miami.


Annette Franqui

Annette Franqui is a seasoned business executive with close to 30 years of experience in the financial industry. She is one of the founding partners of Forrestal Capital, a business and financial advisory firm formed in 2003 to counsel a number of Latin American families. As a volunteer, she is a member of the national board of directors for AARP, one of the largest nonprofit organizations in the United States, and serves on its audit and finance committee.


Pandwe Gibson, Ph.D.

Pandwe Gibson developed a network of schools before founding three successful companies. Today, through the EcoTech Visions incubator, she leads entrepreneurs in green manufacturing in Miami. She has lived, studied and taught at notable universities, including the University of Logon in Accra, Ghana, and Oxford University in Oxford, England.


Victoria Rogers

Victoria Rogers joined Knight Foundation in May 2015 after serving as executive vice president of New World Symphony, where she helped set the strategic plan and oversaw all revenue generation, as well as marketing and communications for the orchestral academy. Before joining New World Symphony, Rogers served as assistant vice president for central development at University of Miami, where she was the architect of its billion-dollar capital campaign, Momentum.


ABOUT THE MIAMI FOUNDATION: Established in 1967, The Miami Foundation uses civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve the quality of life for everyone who calls Greater Miami home. We’ve partnered with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 1,000 personalized, philanthropic Funds. Thanks to them, we’ve awarded over $230 million in grants and currently manage more than $280 million in assets to build a better Miami. Learn more about the Foundation and the Our Miami Report, which informs our work, at and