ANNIE LORD, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Born and raised in Miami, Annie has over 15 years of experience in community development. Before joining MHFA, Annie was the Chief Program Officer for CitySquare, where she oversaw all programs, including housing for people and families experiencing homelessness, a food pantry, foster youth services, a health clinic, and a family law firm. Prior to that, Annie was Vice President of Community Development for Citibank, where she stewarded grants to housing providers and other community organizations. Annie is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional, a graduate of Class VI of Miami Fellows, and has both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Harvard University.
EVIAN WHITE DE LEON, ESQ., DEPUTY DIRECTOR
Long before graduating from the University of Miami School of Law, Evian’s passion has been elevating disenfranchised voices in her hometown of Miami. At Florida International University, Evian studied International Relations and Spanish Language and Literature, both in Miami and in Spain. She leveraged those experiences to work at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. for almost seven years as a community lawyer and litigator to empower her clients facing systemic and institutional inequities. She then joined Miami Beach Community Health Center, Inc. as their Executive Vice President of Strategic Partnerships and Programs. Part of her work was representing the interests of MBCHC to improve operations, quality of patient care, and to mitigate risk. The other part was developing relationships with community partners to expand access to quality, affordable health care. Outside of the office, Evian just finished her term asthe President of the Dade County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. She volunteers as an investigative member of The Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11P. Evian also participated in Class III of The Florida Bar Leadership Academy and Class IX of the Miami Fellows with The Miami Foundation.
SABRINA V. VELARDE, JD, POLICY + STRATEGY ANALYST
Sabrina is a passionate public servant who has focused her career on addressing the need for affordable housing in Miami-Dade County and protecting the rights of those living in affordable units. Sabrina is a 2013 graduate of St. Thomas University School of Law, where she received the St. Thomas University Pro Bono Commendation Certificate for completing more than 100 hours of pro bono service. As a law clerk and Certified Legal Intern at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Sabrina worked directly with many Public Housing, Section 8, and Low-Income Housing Tax Credit tenants and helped them apply for, maintain, and reinstate their status as housing benefit recipients. Sabrina successfully represented her low-income clients in eviction, administrative, and appellate proceedings. As a law student at St. Thomas Law, Sabrina served on the Executive Board of the Moot Court Board. Sabrina also was selected to participate in St. Thomas Law's Appellate Litigation Clinic where she briefed and argued an appeal before the Third District Court of Appeal. Prior to law school, Sabrina completed a judicial internship with Judge Maria Sampedro-Iglesia at the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Justice Center. Sabrina earned her Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Florida International University.
AUDREY eugenio ARADANAS, YOUTH PROGRAM MANAGER
Audrey Aradanas graduated in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s & Gender Studies and Political Science; she earned a second Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations from Florida International University. She also earned two certificates in Queer Studies and Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Audrey was the founder of various women and gender events including The Annual Feminist Summit; The F(eminist)-Word Forum; and an annual fundraiser to support sexual assault crisis centers in Miami-Dade County. She is a faithful, passionate youth advocate; she firmly believes in empowering young people to reach their full potential and to have sustainable lives. As an Organizer with Engage Miami, she advocated for youth to get involved in politics. She is also the Founder and Director of the podcast, Grrrl Uninterrupted to discuss women, gender, and sexuality issues in Miami-Dade. Audrey is also the Founder of Miami Girl, a social group for local women-identifying people to come together to discuss and plan events surrounding social issues.
PERLA ACOSTA, ADMINISTRATIVE MANAGER