Fireside Chat on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

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Have DEI curiosity questions, but haven’t had the opportunity to ask them? Bring them to the chat to help broaden our knowledge of Broward individuals from different demographics in our community.


United Way of Broward County
elkin alfredElkin AlfredTraining Manager, Crisis Intervention Team & Diversity Inclusion Champion

Elkin Alfred is the training manager and diversity equity inclusion champion at United Way of Broward County. She has over 15 years of experience in human services and education. Elkin is passionate about the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices and works to create programs and systems that operate through the lens of DEI.  In her current role at United Way, Elkin’s most recent projects include a documentary titled Faded Conversation: Bringing Black Mental Health to the Forefront and unconscious bias/equity training's to NSU’s medical school personnel  (faculty and students ). She is currently tasked with coordinating training for all law enforcement in Broward County on crisis intervention. In her multiple roles, she advocates  for workplace culture shifts that will increase employee engagement, thus driving innovation. She is a national speaker, collaborator, insightful, creative and generous leader. Elkin is a graduate of the University of Central Florida.

Center for Hearing and Communication 
olivia.jpgOlivia Angeli, Assistant Director of Educational Programs
Olivia Angeli is the Assistant Director of Educational Programs at the Center for Hearing & Communication, FL office.  She has worked with CHC- FL since 2009 and is proficient in American Sign Language.  In her role, Ms. Angeli coordinates, manages and leads teams providing after-school and summer programs to Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth in Broward County, FL. Additional aspects of her role include, program design, case management, connecting families to resources and being a liaison with community partners. She is a big believer in, Teamwork Makes the Dream Work.  

Hispanic Unity of Florida
Felipe Pinzon, Senior Vice President of Strategy and Programs 
felipe.jpgFelipe Pinzon, has been with Hispanic Unity of Florida since 2002.  As Senior Vice President of Strategy and Programs, he is responsible for the planning, implementation, and oversight of HUF’s programs and services.  He is also responsible for program strategy, development and sustainability. Felipe has spent over 23 years working with social service and educational organizations, including 17 years managing multiple programs and funding sources. He has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. Additionally, Felipe is a graduate of the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. 

Felipe has served on the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Advisory Committee on Economic Security, School Board of Broward County Diversity Committee, Florida Prosperity Partnership Board of Directors and Sheridan Technical Center School Advisory Board. He also serves on the United Way of Broward County Public Policy Committee and the Broward Bridge to Life Steering Committee. 

In 2009, he was awarded the Distinguished Service/Outstanding Young Non-Profit Executive Meeting Award from the Jaycees Hollywood Junior Chamber. Most recently he received the 2017 Hispanicize Positive Impact Award. 

He is also a faculty member at Ana G. Mendez University System. 

Felipe is married and father of three children; he spends his free time with family, playing tennis, running and riding his motorcycle.

Lighthouse of Broward
Jose%20Lopez%20Masso%2C%20VP%20of%20Strategic%20Initiatives%20%26%20Development%2C%20Lighthouse%20of%20Broward%20picture.jpgJose Lopez, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Development 
Jose Lopez Masso, MBA, JD, serves as VP of Strategic Initiatives and Development at Lighthouse of Broward, where he oversees initiatives to better serve the blind and visually impaired and broaden the reach of the nonprofit in the community, in addition to being responsible for all fundraising and donor development efforts.

Lopez Masso initially came to Lighthouse of Broward in 2002 as a client after he suddenly lost his vision at age 31 due to glaucoma followed by multiple, unsuccessful surgeries.  The Lighthouse of Broward provided Lopez Masso with the tools and training to help him regain his independence.  After six years as a client, he stepped into the role of Director of Development at Lighthouse of Broward.  He was promoted to VP of Strategic Initiatives and Development in 2018.

A Venezuela native, Lopez Masso lost his sight just before he moved to South Florida from Berlin.  He had previously served for 5 years as Head of the Venezuelan Diplomatic Mission in Germany, where he was responsible for moving the embassy from Bonn, the site of the East Germany capitol, to Berlin, the location of the new United Germany capitol, among other duties.  Prior to taking this post, Lopez Masso served as Sub Secretary of Justice for Venezuela and legal advisor to a Venezuelan investment fund president, both in Venezuela.

Lopez Masso spent most of his youth in Germany where his father served as a Venezuelan ambassador in East Germany.  Lopez Masso earned a bachelor’s in business and a MBA from the Business School of Hamburg and a Juris Doctor in International Private Law from University Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. 

Lopez Masso was featured in a compelling profile – as a blind person who works to help others who are blind – by Telemundo 51 in 2015.  The show, which also included two other profiles, won an Emmy award in the category of personal biographies/human interest (  Lopez Masso received an Excellence Award in 2013 from the South Florida Venezuelan Lions Club & Foundation, a Fire Award 2011 from the Florida Association of Rehabilitation Agencies and a 2005 Apollo Award from Guiding Eyes for the Blind, New York.

Lopez Masso, who is fluent in English, German and Spanish, lives in Deerfield Beach with his wife Carla, daughter Andrea Marie, and his second guide dog Hartley.  He serves as a volunteer board member on Royal Caribbean’s Advisory Board on Disabilities.

Urban League of Broward


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1300 S Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33316
Kathryn Holcomb