Today’s Honoree is George M. Cabrera

George M. Cabrera is the President/CEO, of ASPIRA  Florida, Inc.  ASPIRA is one of the largest  youth agencies in the United States that serves thousands of Hispanic  and other minority youth through innovative and creative youth  leadership programs and charter schools.

A landmark presence in  Florida for over thirty years and nationally for more than fifty  years, ASPIRA has helped transform the lives of hundreds of thousands  of students, as well as their families and communities. Many  successful and noteworthy individuals including politicians, teachers,  scholars, doctors, lawyers, entertainers, engineers and other  professionals are proud to call themselves ASPIRANTES-former students  who have undergone the ASPIRA process and curriculum.

Mr. Cabrera possesses unique personal qualities and professional  skills that have resulted in his very successful track record at  ASPIRA. As Chief Financial Officer (CFO), he was primarily responsible  for ensuring fiscal responsibility and discipline, strategic planning,  and revenue and asset growth to ensure the financial stability of the  organization. His business acumen, vision and creative business models  resulted in an impressive growth in ASPIRA’s revenue and a substantial  increase in assets through the purchase of its charter school  facilities.

His ability to successfully master the complex legal and financial  transactions necessary to help ASPIRA grow earned him the respect of  the Board, as well as the non-profit, financial and legal communities.  This expertise allowed Mr. Cabrera to become part of a small and  prestigious group within the non-profit sector that is extremely  knowledgeable about the New Market Tax Credit Program, which fosters  investment in low income communities.

Through this program, Mr.  Cabrera was able to secure financing for the purchase of ASPIRA’s  charter school buildings. As a result, Mr. Cabrera was invited to a  Congressional Briefing to speak on the impact of the New Market Tax  Credit Program on the non-profit sector.

Mr. Cabrera is also a very passionate and caring individual who is  deeply committed to ASPIRA’s mission. The son of Cuban immigrants, he  is intimately familiar with the plight of recently arrived immigrants,  as well as with the struggles of those members of our community caught  in the web of poverty.  Over the years, he has engaged with local  community leaders and has formed partnerships with other organizations  to address the educational needs of our youth.

Mr. Cabrera holds other leadership positions in the community. He is a  member of the Hispanic Scholarship Fund Advisory Board, the Florida Community Loan Fund Board of Directors and the City of Miami Education Advisory Board.

Please visit ASPIRA for more information.

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