Miami Bridge Youth and Family Services, Inc. (Miami Bridge) announced that it has selected Jennifer Buchanan as its new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to lead the youth welfare organization.
“With Jennifer’s vast experience in the nonprofit and corporate business, we are confident that she will provide a strong leadership role to support our continued growth at Miami Bridge,” said Steve Lezman, Miami Bridge’s chief executive officer. “She is an acclaimed fundraiser and youth advocate with a proven track record with high performing nonprofits.”
As Chief Executive Officer of Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Buchanan will help lead, lead, and grow the nonprofit as a vital resource in Miami-Dade County for children ages 10-17 facing residential instability , along with the families who are supported through their outreach programs.
With more than 25 years of corporate governance and nonprofit experience, Buchanan most recently served as Executive Director of the Florida Fury Hockey Foundation. She founded and led the startup initiative to success, including raising six-figure funds in the early stages and raising community awareness to promote diversity in hockey.
She understands the basic needs of adolescents and families faced with residential instability. Buchanan previously served as Chief Development Officer at HANDY, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to meeting the needs of Broward County children in foster care and relatives / nonrelatives related to the child addiction system. Buchanan consistently exceeded annual fundraising goals. Their 2020 capital campaign raised $ 100,000 in the first week. Buchanan’s involvement in fundraising in-kind from celebrities helped build the first Miami Heat Learn & Play Center in Broward County, which benefited HANDY’s after-school program.
Her experience as Senior Development Director at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Director at the American Heart Association helped cultivate relationships with local philanthropists and thought leaders and expand the reach of the organizations’ missions.
Her honorary management duties include the deputy chairwoman of the Sankofa African American 3D Museum. This non-profit virtual learning space displays rare collections of historical memorabilia from the 17th century. Buchanan was also a former board member of the Pediatric Associates Foundation and the Moss Construction Foundation.
Buchanan is working on her degree in business administration, marketing and related support services from Western Governors University.
In 2019 she founded her own consulting firm Buchanan & Associates to help local businesses with long-term strategic growth and philanthropy. She lives in Pompano Beach, FL.
About Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services, Inc.
Miami Bridge serves as the only 24-hour emergency shelter in Miami-Dade County for children and adolescents in crisis between the ages of 10 and 17. For more than three decades, the nonprofit has worked to rescue community youth from lives of victimization and crime by providing sanctuary, protection and specialized care in a nourishing, stable environment. Each year, Miami Bridge is home to more than 600 children and teenagers and provides over 10,000 days of care and counseling for more than 550 families with children aged 6 to 17 years. More information is available at www.miamibridge.org.
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