Javier Alberto Soto

President and CEO, The Miami Foundation

Javier Alberto Soto is President and CEO of The Miami Foundation — a community foundation using civic leadership, community investment and philanthropy to improve quality of life in Greater Miami.

Javier has successfully transformed the Foundation’s business model and positioned the organization as a prominent civic leader in the South Florida community. Most recently, he led the development of two Foundation projects: "The Our Miami Report," a biennial report providing a data-focused picture of Greater Miami’s quality of life, showing the community’s greatest challenges and opportunities, and "Give Miami Day," a 24-hour, annual online charitable giving event that has raised almost $10M for more than 500 Miami-Dade County nonprofits since 2012.  

Prior to joining the Foundation, Javier served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Grayling, a multi-disciplinary public affairs firm. He spent much of his career in the public sector as a litigator in the Miami-Dade County Attorney's Office; the County's Director of Intergovernmental Affairs; and as Chief of Staff to County Mayor Alex Penelas. Javier also worked as a litigation associate at Holland & Knight. He is active on a number of community and professional association boards including: Board of Directors for TotalBank; Chairman of Knight Foundation's Miami Community Advisory Committee; Board of Directors of the Council on Foundations; Board of Directors for the Florida Philanthropic Network; and Member of the Orange Bowl Committee. Javier graduated cum laude in History and Political Science from Florida State University and earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. He is also a 2013 Henry Crown Fellow, a two-year leadership program of the Aspen Institute that engages the next generation of leaders to develop community-spirited leadership and put thought into action.

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