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Sabeen Perwaiz is Executive Director of Florida Nonprofit Alliance where she strengthens, promotes and advocates on behalf of Florida’s nonprofit sector. During her tenure, FNA released Florida's first nonprofit economic impact report and nonprofit compensation survey. Prior to joining the organization, Perwaiz was a researcher for Vital Voices Global Partnership, served as Special Projects Manager for Pace Center for Girls, implemented an Early Childhood Education program with Aide et Action in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and led the Earn Up initiative for the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.
Since 2012, Perwaiz has led the all volunteer team for TEDxJacksonville. Perwaiz serves on the steering committee for Women's Giving Alliance and is a member of the Jacksonville Women's Network. She is a graduate of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida Connect. Perwaiz has been named an Aspen Ideas Scholar, Woman of Influence, 40 under 40 She has also received a One Jax Humanitarian award. In 2018, Perwaiz was appointed to Florida's Commission on Community Service.
Perwaiz earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and pre-medicine from City College of New York and her master's in International Development from the University of Birmingham in the UK. An avid traveler, Perwaiz has visited over 42 countries and hopes to visit at least 100 in her lifetime. She and her husband, Asghar, are proud parents of their toddler, Raza.
Greg Black has more than a decade of experience representing clients’ interests before Florida’s Legislative and Executive Branches. He joined forces with Brian Jogerst to found Waypoint Strategies. Greg actively represents a wide variety of clients, placing him throughout many policy, regulatory and budgetary interest areas and providing him a thorough understanding of the many issues facing key decision makers. Following his time working as an association lobbyist, Greg was recruited by a mid-size firm specializing in legislative and governmental relations and then a large, Florida-based corporate law firm. He consistently represents associations, non-profits, large national and international companies, Florida-based companies, large landowners and developers, and cultural attractions.
For over 10 years, Greg has actively led or worked on major policy and funding initiatives across all levels of Florida government. Using his knowledge of state government and by continuing to build strong relationships with elected officials, agency heads, and staff, Greg continues to successfully advocate on behalf of his clients. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida.
Brian Jogerst has almost four decades in the legislative and political process. By representing a wide range of clients, the firm is actively involved with many legislators on varying issues. He began his legislative career shortly after graduating from high school when he joined the staff of former State Representative Bobby Brantley (R-Seminole County). When Brantley was elected Lieutenant Governor with Governor Bob Martinez, Brian joined the Governor’s Legislative. Brian also served as the Political/Field Director on the Martinez Re-election Campaign where he worked with key political supporters in all 67 counties. After the campaign, Brian returned to the legislative branch and served as a Legislative Assistant to two members of the Florida Senate.
Utilizing his extensive knowledge of the legislative and executive branch, Brian launched his lobbying career in 1992 as Director of Government Affairs for the 240-member Florida Hospital Association. In this capacity, Brian was responsible for developing and implementing the legislative priorities for the statewide association and worked closely with legislators and with the executive branch agencies. Beginning his lobbying practice in 1994, Brian has successfully represented a diverse client base focusing primarily on both state and national health care companies. In addition to his legislative experience, Brian also actively works with candidates running for office to assist with political strategy, issue development, and fundraising efforts.
Leah Donelan McDermott has been working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector for 20 years. She specializes in helping organizations grow their capacity to meet their mission through training, leadership development, strategic thinking and planning, research and processes and procedures implementation. Leah conducts and facilitates trainings on various topics including board roles and responsibilities; board governance and engagement; advocacy; starting a nonprofit organization; volunteer engagement; logic model creation; and trend in the nonprofit sector, among others. She has worked at the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida, American Cancer Society, the Alliance for World Class Education, and many other nonprofits in a consulting capacity.
Hana Ferguson is a marketing + events specialist and co-founder of Ferg Creative, a multi-disciplinary studio with a focus on graphic design, social media marketing, and content creation. Hana has a passion for event planning, project management, social media marketing, and photography. She enjoys creating happy, upbeat, energy-filled work for brands. Prior to becoming full-time freelance, Hana worked with a local non-profit organization, Downtown Vision Inc. where she spent 3.5 years managing the First Wednesday Art Walk and other Downtown community events. She graduated from the University of North Florida in 2014 with a degree in Communications: Public Relations with a minor in Community Leadership. When she’s not working (which is rare), she’s tinkering with her film camera, reading the next best thriller, trying to learn the ukulele for the 1,000th time or figuring out where to travel to next.