Senior Director of Development
Anabel lives and breathes Philanthropy. Her passion is rooted in her inner drive to make a difference and be a vehicle by which other people can contribute to humanity and the planet.
She joins us from her most recent role as Campaign Director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society where she mentored 14 of Fort Lauderdale’s most influential business and community leaders to help raise funds for blood cancer research. During her record-breaking 10-week campaign, Anabel secured the most diverse and largest number of candidates who raised more than half a million dollars – an 18% percent year-over-year growth for their South Florida Chapter.
Prior to LLS, Anabel was the Chief Philanthropy Officer for Remote Area Medical, the nation’s largest non-governmental agency that operates mobile medical clinics to deliver free dental, vision, and medical services to hundreds of thousands of women, men, and children worldwide. During her time at RAM, Anabel was instrumental in creating and implementing fundraising and communications efforts that helped increase its revenue from $2.6 to $4.1 million in 18 months. She also helped secure national media coverage with The New York Times, The Washington Post, and TIME Magazine – while increasing RAM’s donor database with 3,000 new donors.
Anabel began her career in 1990 when she created and organized Aid-a-thon, a five-hour dance marathon to benefit the AIDS Foundation of Houston, in Houston, Texas. The event was coined as the single most successful event and she was recognized as a major contributor in the fight against AIDS with AFH’s Wall of Honor Award.
Subsequently, she worked at the White House during Bill Clinton’s Administration and the Human Rights Campaign, the largest political lobbying group in Washington, D.C. She has a Master of Science in Fundraising and Grantmaking from New York University’s Heyman Center for Philanthropy and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations and Marketing.
She is an intuitive, abstract painter whose passion for the craft came as she was recovering from breast cancer treatment. A native from Puerto Rico, with Cuban descendance, Anabel has been coming to South Florida she since she was five years-old. After a long hiatus, she’s happy she’s back and can claim Florida as “home.”
She is currently a board member for Businesses for the Arts in Broward and a member of Hispanics in Philanthropy.
Her fundraising philosophy: “Authenticity is at the core of generating and building powerful relationships. It is a trait we must have if we want to help advance ideas for the greater good of humanity.”