September 16, 2015 [St. Petersburg, FL] – The Florida Holocaust Museum announces three new members to join the Museum’s Board of Directors, and new General Counsel.
The new board members are Renee Dabbs, Marti Simon and Robin Warren. Michael Robbins will serve as General Counsel.
Renee Dabbs is a principal with The Voyageur Company, a national voter contact and fundraising firm. She is the principal partner of Conventions 2012/2016, and has worked with more than 25 associations, coalitions, corporations and delegations on convention strategy for the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Dabbs’ civic involvement includes the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida and the University of Florida Student Affairs Board.
“As the parent of a past Anne Frank Humanitarian Award recipient, I’m honored to serve on the board of The Florida Holocaust Museum. This is an organization that is a leader in bringing educational opportunities about the importance of tolerance to our community,” Dabbs said.
Marti Simon is a banker with the J.P. Morgan team in Tampa. She advises individuals, families, foundations and endowments throughout the state of Florida on a variety of matters, including asset allocation, portfolio construction, traditional banking and liquidity alternatives. She began her career in Private Banking in Palm Beach as a portfolio analyst for J.P. Morgan in 2010. She attended the University of Florida graduating summa cum laude in 2009, and went on to earn her Masters in Finance in 2010.
“I was drawn to the Museum’s mission of bringing light to how an intolerant society can lead to terrible consequences – from the Holocaust to the Civil Rights Movement to bullying in schools,” Simon said. “In today’s world where a new story of terrorism is featured each time the news comes on, I believe it is our duty to work as hard as we can to be kind and expose the good in society, and there is no better place to do this than through the Museum.”
Robin Warren is an experienced nonprofit leader and financial institutions legal and risk management professional. Warren has served as Executive Director of the statewide nonprofit Florida Council on Economic Education, and has also held positions with Bank of America Corporation in Charlotte, North Carolina. Warren is the co-founder of Project Prosper, a financial literacy program for recent immigrants, and has been involved in several other community organizations, including the Florida JumpStart Coalition, Stageworks Theater, as well as The Florida Holocaust Museum.
“As a long-time volunteer and supporter of The Florida Holocaust Museum, I know what an important role the Museum plays in the Tampa Bay region and throughout the state,” Warren said. “As a member of the Board, I look forward to helping the Museum continue its efforts to preserve the indelible stories of Holocaust Survivors, promote understanding, and prevent future genocides.”
Michael Robbins is a partner in the Tampa Office of the law firm Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. Robbins has represented businesses on general corporate matters, including mergers and acquisitions, drafting and negotiating contracts, organization of business entities and assisting clients with compliance with federal and state securities laws. Robbins received the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2008 Up & Comers Award and has also been recognized as a Florida Rising Star 2009-2011 by Super Lawyers® magazine.
“I appreciate the opportunity to serve as general counsel to The Florida Holocaust Museum. I’m passionate about its mission and am excited to do my part to support it,” Robbins said.