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Who We Are

Bringing the World to You

We are a network of local and international citizen diplomats who help make South Florida a more culturally inclusive home.


Our family of citizen diplomats comes from a diverse background of professions that include entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, environmentalists, law enforcement, government officials, and more.


We come from all walks of life, but mostly, we are people. People who like to connect with other people, learn about other parts of the world, share our diverse knowledge, skills, food, and culture, and make the world a better place – one handshake at a time.


As an organization, we are dedicated to engaging with communities and sharing learning opportunities in order to help promote diplomacy that will in turn better our community and the world.

Meet The Team

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Athena Passera, Ph.D.

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President & CEO

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Tamara Garcia

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Director of Operations

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Alexandra Ruiz

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Program Manager

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Amanda Gray

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Programming Associate

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Julia Totskaya

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Communications Manager

Executive Committee

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Caryn Lavernia

Board Chair

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Tatiana Campuzano


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Joanne C. Barrett

Vice Chair

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Alejandro Gonzalez 


Inaugural Advisory Council


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Kaleba Ngoie-Kasongo

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Joseph B. Treaster

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Cheriene G. Floyd

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Gerald Philippeaux

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Our Global Partners
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